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    THE BIOCENTER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WÜRZBURG

    Ants do not always take the shortest route when they are in a hurry. Their navigational system occasionally makes them take detours to speed up their journey.

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    Elena studiert Jura, Julian Biologie und Chemie auf Lehramt. Peter Bofinger ist Volkswirtschafts-Professor und Professorin Cynthia Sharma forscht am Rudolf-Virchow-Zentrum. Sie alle eint: Die Begeisterung für das Arbeiten, Leben und Studieren in Würzburg - an der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg.

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    The effects of climate change are felt especially in the Alps. How capable are insects, which are important pollinators, of adjusting to this development? A new junior research group is looking into this question.

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    Cereal is much more drought-tolerant than other plants. Researchers from Würzburg have now found out why that is so. Their insight could help breed crops that are more resistant to drought.

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    Wüstenameisen am Nesteingang (Foto: Pauline Fleischmann)

    Desert ants use the Earth's magnetic field for orientation, a new study has found which was conducted by scientists of the University of Würzburg. This provides ants the cue to find their way back to the nest.

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    Bild: Lösliche Seidenproteine durchlaufen im Spinnkanal von Webspinnen Struktur- und Phasenübergänge, bevor aus ihnen eine feste Faser für den Netzbau ensteht.

    Web spiders produce silk threads that are, based on their mass, stronger than steel and at the same time much more elastic. These remarkable properties raise the interest of engineers and basic researchers.

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    Gleich zwei Wissenschaftler der Universität Würzburg sind Mitglied der Arbeitsgemeinschaft „Digitale Werkzeuge“. Die Einrichtung der Allianzinitiative „Digitale Information“ will die Arbeit von Forschern erleichtern.

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    Honigbiene auf Kornblume

    Scientists from the University of Würzburg have investigated the impact of a new pesticide on the honeybee. In high doses, it has a negative impact on the insects' taste and cognition ability.

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    Holzfällarbeiten im Wald

    An increasing proportion of the world's protected forests are subject to extensive logging activities. The practice is called "salvage logging" and allegedly aims to protect e.g. areas of windthrow against bark beetle infestation. However, a Würzburg study has found that this instrument is used far too often.

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    Bienen

    Immer wieder gibt es Versuche, Bienen als Minensucher einzusetzen. Doch dafür bedarf es weiterer Forschung, sagt Jürgen Tautz von der Universität Würzburg, denn natürliche Düfte wirken für Bienen anziehender als der Duft von TNT.

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    Pflanzen mit unterschiedlicher Wachstumsrichtung

    The hormone auxin is a key regulator of plant growth and development. But how it sets these processes in motion has been unclear. Scientists from the University of Würzburg have now uncovered central details.

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    Grafik zur Anordnung der Felder

    Crop variety in agriculture has a positive impact on the natural enemies of aphids. Farmers can use this insight to keep aphids at bay and cut down on pesticides.

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