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Urban growth causes more biodiversity loss outside of cities

The direct effects of urban growth seem to be much smaller than the indirect effects outside of cities, such as the urban release of greenhouse gases causing climate change globally or the increasing demand for food and resources in cities leading to land-use change in rural areas. An international team of researchers including researchers from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and other institutions assessed the direct and indirect effects on a global scale. The results have been published in the journal "Nature Sustainability".

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Entrepreneurship: Alliance secures millions in funding for international startup campus

The Universities of Halle, Jena and Leipzig got the joint go-ahead for their International Startup Campus project under the EXIST Business Start-Up Grant initiative run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The collaborative project will receive 3.8 million euros in funding from the BMWi. This was announced by the Parliamentary Secretary of State Thomas Bareiss on 3 December at a ceremony held in the Futurium Berlin.

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Periodontal disease: Patent for new treatment method

New biodegradable rods promise to provide better treatment for periodontal disease. Researchers from the Institute of Pharmacy at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have re-combined an already approved active ingredient and filed for a patent for their invention together with two Fraunhofer Institutes from Halle. The innovation would spare patients from having many side effects. Their findings were published in the "International Journal of Pharmaceutics".

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Gene therapy: Development of new DNA transporters

Scientists at the Institute of Pharmacy at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have developed new delivery vehicles for future gene therapies. A team of researchers led by Dr Christian Wölk are using artificial fats to transport DNA into cells. The scientists demonstrate how well this technique works in a study conducted in collaboration with pharmacists from the University of Marburg. The study has been published in "Biomaterials Science".

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Antibiotics: New substances break bacterial resistance

Researchers at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) have developed a new, promising class of active ingredients against resistant bacteria. In initial tests in cell cultures and insects, the substances were at least as effective as common antibiotics. The new compounds target a special enzyme that only appears in bacteria in this specific form and that was not previously the target of other antibiotics. This is why bacteria have not yet developed any resistance to it. The team reported on its work in the journal "Antibiotics".

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“Nature”: Scientists present new data on the evolution of plants and the origin of species

There are over 500,000 plant species in the world today. They all evolved from a common ancestor. How this leap in biodiversity happened is still unclear. In the upcoming issue of "Nature", an international team of researchers, including scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, presents the results of a unique project on the evolution of plants. Using genetic data from 1,147 species the team created the most comprehensive evolutionary tree for green plants to date.

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High-level EU funding: MLU receives grant for an international PhD-network

The Institute of Mathematics at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) is to coordinate a new European Training Network (ETN) for doctoral students. The 14 research projects will examine how complex mechanical systems can be better modelled and simulated on the computer. The European Union will provide around 3.6 million euros over four years as part of the Horizon 2020 programme. MLU is joined by eleven other universities and research institutions from eight countries in Europe.

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Our commitment to refugees

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg supports refugees eager to study by providing the following counselling services and measures.

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