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Rare barley mutation with potential

31-Aug-2021

The importance of the root system for the level of agricultural yields is often underestimated. Whether roots can effectively access water and nutrients also determines how resistant important crops are to drought and climate change. Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Bologna (Italy) ...

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Study shows why beer mats do not fly in a straight line

Physicists analyzed an as-yet barely researched phenomenon

28-Jul-2021

Beer mats protect tables from unsightly condensation rings. However, they are sometimes also misused as projectiles. Usually with little success: after just a short time, the cardboard coaster leaves its path, spins off to the side, and falls to the ground. But why is that so? Physicists at the ...

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The liver processes coconut oil differently than rapeseed oil

26-Jan-2021

Coconut oil has increasingly found its way into German kitchens in recent years, although its alleged health benefits are controversial. Scientists at the University of Bonn have now been able to show how it is metabolized in the liver. Their findings could also have implications for the ...

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Global trade in soya is at the expense of the climate

Almost 90,000 trade flows analysed

11-May-2020

Global trade in soya at the expense of the climate Study by the University of Bonn examines CO2 emissions from Brazilian soya exports with unparalleled accuracy The extent to which the cultivation and trade of Brazilian soya pollutes the global climate depends to a large extent on the ...

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Too much salt weakens the immune system

30-Mar-2020

A high-salt diet is not only bad for one's blood pressure, but also for the immune system. This is the conclusion of a current study under the leadership of the University Hospital Bonn. Mice fed a high-salt diet were found to suffer from much more severe bacterial infections. Human volunteers ...

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Plant leaves as packaging alternative to plastic

07-Feb-2020

How can food be preserved longer without resorting to fossil-based plastic packaging? Since 2018, the government of Benin has banned non-biodegradable plastic bags in view of the environmental problems caused by packaging waste. Scientists from the University of Bonn are now working with ...

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Sugar decrease from confectionery the smallest

Study by the Universities of Bonn and Paderborn: Consumption is declining, but still above the recommendations

20-Dec-2019

Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Paderborn show that although the sugar intake of children and adolescents in Germany is declining, the contribution from confectionery in particular is still clearly too high. Sweets are the largest source of sugar for children and adolescents, but ...

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Focus on food security and sustainability

14-Dec-2019

Food security and sustainability in focus Scientists at the University of Bonn, EASAC and IAP call for more research and a global pact. The number of undernourished people is increasing worldwide. More than two billion people suffer from a lack of micronutrients. Infant mortality is unacceptably ...

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Still too much sugar for children and teenagers

17-Apr-2019

Adolescents are particularly susceptible to a high sugar intake because they have a high genetic preference for sweet foods. This preference slowly diminishes until adulthood. Researchers at the Universities of Bonn and Paderborn have shown that sugar intake among children and adolescents in ...

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More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation

10-Dec-2018

Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study from the University of Bonn suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an ...

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