University of Bonn Receives New Erasmus Charter

The University of Bonn will continue participating in the European Union’s Erasmus+ program for at least the next seven years. The university's proposal, assessed as “excellent,” earned it the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, which in turn ensures access to all funding lines in the new generation of the EU's Erasmus+ program.

Microorganisms affect the plant mineral nutrient balance

Plants acquire water and nutrients from the soil through their roots. The uptake and balance of mineral nutrients also depends on microorganism inhabiting the root. This complex interplay was investigated by an international consortium headed by researcher from the University of Nottingham (England) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), and with contributions from the University of Bonn.

The liver processes coconut oil differently than rapeseed oil

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 treatment of certain diarrheal diseases. The results are published in the journal Molecular Metabolism.

Innovations through hair-thin optical fibres

Scientists at the University of Bonn have built hair-thin optical fibre filters in a very simple way. They are not only extremely compact and stable, but also colour-tunable. This means they can be used in quantum technology and as sensors for temperature or for detecting atmospheric gases. The results have been published in the journal “Optics Express”.

Brain cell network supplies neurons with energy

Until recently, oligodendrocytes were primarily thought to be a kind of cellular insulating tape that accelerates the transmission of electrical signals in the brain. A study by the University of Bonn now shows that they are also important for the energy supply of neurons in some brain regions. The findings are published in the journal Cell Reports.

Researchers develop sustainable catalysis process

Acetals are important chemical compounds that are used, for example, in the production of certain medical agents. A new method now makes their synthesis easier and more environmentally friendly. Chemists at the University of Bonn have developed and optimized the sustainable catalytic process. State-of-the-art computer simulations were also used. The reaction is based on a mechanism that frequently occurs in nature, but has rarely been used in chemical synthesis up to now. The results are published in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

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