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Today’s challenges – Tomorrow's research and teaching

The 21st century faces numerous challenges: global warming, population explosion, food security and dwindling fossil fuel reserves are the crises of our time. Addressing these challenges will require cutting-edge research – both fundamental and applied. As a discipline encompassing this entire spectrum of issues, from food production to the supply of biogenetic raw materials through to the preservation of livable environments, the life sciences will play a leading role in these efforts.



More than just a good flavor: Flavoring substances stimulate immune defenses

Saliva contains various antimicrobial molecules. (Picture: iStock/Cunaplus M. Faba)

Not only do citric acid and spicy 6-gingerol from ginger add special flavors to food and beverages; both substances also stimulate the molecular defenses in human saliva. That is the result of a human clinical trial by a team...[more]


Urban planning: Green spaces for a better climate

Green spaces are important for the urban climate. (image: iStock / shironosov)

Climate change will bring with it changes to our living conditions, particularly in densely populated areas. Trees, plants and green spaces can help to moderate temperatures and prevent flooding. So what can urban planners do to...[more]


The "TUM Jubilee Bridge": Building bridges on the Life Science Campus Freising-Weihenstephan

Inauguration of the anniversary bridge (from left to right): Andreas Kronthaler, head construction director of the Freising State Building Authority, TUM Chancellor Albert Berger, TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Freising's Lord Mayor Tobias Eschenbacher, Minister of State Dr. Florian Herrmann MdL and District Administrator Josef Hauner

On the occasion of its 150th anniversary, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has a new building on the Life Science Campus Freising-Weihenstephan: the "TUM Jubilee Bridge". It leads along Thalhauser Straße and connects the...[more]


Newly discovered regulation process: How plants work on the inside

Conductive tissues such as leaf veins of this fig leaf run through the entire plant body and supply it with water and salts from the soil. (Photo: C. Schwechheimer/ TUM)

Vascular tissue in plants distributes water and nutrients, thereby ensuring constant growth. Each newly developed cell needs to develop into its respective cell type in the vascular tissue. A team at the Technical University of...[more]

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