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    Kenji Fukushima. (Photo: private)

    The evolution biologist Dr. Kenji Fukushima is awarded a prize money of about 1.6 million euros by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will use the money to build up a new working group at the University of Würzburg.

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    JMU's main building. (Photo: Robert Emmerich)

    The prestigious Shanghai Ranking has placed the University of Würzburg among the world’s top 200 universities – as one of three Bavarian and 14 German universities.

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    The genome of the algae species Chara braunii has been decoded. It already contains the first genetic characteristics that enabled the water plants' evolutionary transition to land.

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    The German Cancer Aid will establish a junior research center in Würzburg to do cancer research (the picture shows a carcinoma of the prostate, yellow). (Photo: Würzburg University Hospital)

    The German Cancer Aid will set up one of five Mildred Scheel Junior Research Centers in Würzburg. The center aims to provide ideal working conditions for young cancer researchers.

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    Christine Lehmann at her workplace in the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine. (Photo: private)

    Christine Lehman studied biology at the University of Würzburg. Today, she is in Hamburg researching the complex life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria.

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    Polymorphic nuclear leukocytes infected with Chlamydia (blue). (Photo: Karthika Rajeeve)

    When Chlamydia attacks the human body the immune system starts its defence mechanisms. But the bacteria find a way to defend themselves. Scientists from Würzburg have deciphered new details of their strategy now.

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    JMU's Main building. (Photo: Daniel Peter)

    The University of Würzburg ranks among the top contributors to "Nature" journals: It's among the 100 highest performing institutions worldwide and among the top four in Germany. The University also belongs to a leading group in the U-Multirank.

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    Microscopic colour image showing cells with normal (green dots) and abnormal (yellow dots) stress granules. (Photo: Buchberger team)

    When cells become stressed, they activate specific response patterns. Würzburg researchers have identified new details of these responses, which can help to get a better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases.

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    The ground beetle Copper Greenclock (Poecilus cupreus). (photo: Fabian Bötzl)

    A high abundance of flowering grasslands in agricultural landscapes is beneficial: These grasslands provide shelter for predatory beetles and spiders and help farmers control pests.

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    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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    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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