Supporting and Inspiring Schoolchildren

The University of Bonn has today signed a school partnership agreement with the city’s Beethoven-Gymnasium. The two institutions are thus giving their existing cooperation an official framework that will be fleshed out in the coming years with a wide range of activities.

Agriculture study delivers unexpected results

Farmers usually plant so-called cover crops after harvesting their main crop in the Fall. This prevents erosion of the soil and nutrient leaching. The roots of these crops also stabilize the structure of the soil. It had been assumed up to now that a mixture of different cover crops would result in particularly intensive rooting. However, a recent study carried out by the University of Bonn, University of Kassel and University of Göttingen found only limited evidence that this is the case. Instead, mixed cover crops grow thinner roots than when just one single type of cover crop is planted. This result was unexpected. It documents how little is currently understood about the interactions between plant roots. The study was published in the magazine “Plant and Soil.”

A Truly Interstellar Physics Show

The University of Bonn’s highly popular Physics Show will be premiering a new program on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10, starting at 2 pm on both days. Come along to the Wolfgang Paul lecture hall at Kreuzbergweg 28 in Bonn to find out all about the kingdom on the planet Promethea. Can Franzi and Fred help justice win the day? The team led by Prof. Herbert Dreiner will be showcasing all kinds of physics experiments as the plot thickens. Anyone interested can sign up at

How the Immune System Keeps Gut Bacteria under Control

How are bacteria on our mucous membranes affected by type-A antibodies (IgA)? Assistant professor Dr. Tim Rollenske works at University Hospital Bonn to study specific immune system effects on the intestinal tract. Dr. Rollenske is leader of an Emmy Noether Research Group newly formed at the University of Bonn, which he believes will open the door to a professorship. The German Research Foundation (DFG) will be providing up to two million euros in funding for the project over the next six years. The research results could lead to more effective vaccination strategies for the mucous membranes and support efforts to counter antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

Study calls for improvements in climate protection

Projects that reduce deforestation often sell carbon credits - for instance, to consumers purchasing airline tickets. However, over 90 percent of these project credits do not actually offset greenhouse gas emissions. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands), the University of Bonn, the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and the European Forest Institute in Barcelona (Spain). It was carried out on an exemplary basis for 26 projects in six countries. The results have now been published in the renowned journal Science.

Researchers decode new antibiotic

More and more bacterial pathogens are developing resistance. There is an increasing risk that common drugs will no longer be effective against infectious diseases. That is why scientists around the world are searching for new effective substances. Researchers from the University of Bonn, the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF), Utrecht University (Netherlands), Northeastern University in Boston (USA) and the company NovoBiotic Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge (USA) now have discovered and deciphered the mode of action of a new antibiotic. Clovibactin is derived from a soil bacterium. This antibiotic is highly effective at attacking the cell wall of bacteria, including many multi-resistant “superbugs.” The results have now been published in the renowned journal “Cell.” 

A Compass for Successful Climate Adaptation

Work to adapt to climate change is becoming increasingly important across the globe. Ensuring that these efforts are effective and have no unintended negative consequences is a vital part of this process. Researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands have joined forces with colleagues from France, Kenya, India, South Africa, the US and the University of Bonn to propose a framework that they call “Navigating the Adaptation-Maladaptation Continuum” (NAM). This tool will aid decision-making on climate adaptation measures and help promote a more equitable and more sustainable future. Their findings have now been published in the journal “Nature Climate Change.” 

University of Bonn Ranks among World’s Top Universities

In the recently published Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the University of Bonn has ranked as one of Germany’s top four universities and in the top ten EU-wide, taking 67th place in the list of the world’s leading universities. Bonn thus moved up nine slots since last year on the worldwide ranking list.

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