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Awards for good teaching: Two nominees from Osnabrück Biology


How well is research integrated into the courses? Are modern media used sensibly? What about feedback and supervision? These are some of the criteria for the Hans Mühlenhoff Prizes for academic teaching. Prof. Dr. Katia Cosentino and Dr. Florian Fiebelkorn, two members of our department, were among the nominees this year.

Flies with four wings – and four wing hearts


How many wings does a fly actually have? Their affiliation to the order "Diptera" gives it away – the answer is two. But there are exceptions: A mutation in a certain gene can cause flies to develop an additional pair of wings. In a recent study, researchers from Osnabrück Biology investigated how this anatomical peculiarity develops.

Campus life: New outdoor seats


The recreational opportunities for students and staff in the area of the Biology building 35 have recently been expanded: The landscaped courtyard now features six pieces of comfortable wooden furniture. The area is accessible through the glass doors in the foyer, which will be open until early afternoon during the summer months.

On the trail of sea eagles: Excursion of the RG Zoology to the Gülper lake


White-tailed eagles are among the largest predators in Europe, with a wingspan of up to 230 centimeters. As resident birds, the eagles remain in their territory all year round and hunt carp, brown hare, coots or gray geese. During a field trip with the Zoology-Developmental Biology research group, Osnabrück Biology students were now able to observe more than twenty specimens of the impressive animals.

Investment in teaching: New modern course microscopes for biology


Bacteria, fungi, multicellular organisms of the animal and plant world - all of these can be analyzed in detail under the microscope during Biology courses at the University of Osnabrück. Investing around €100,000 in study quality funds, the department has now purchased 25 state-of-the-art microscopes, thus expanding the existing equipment in the biology course rooms.

New study: Majority would try cultured meat


The Biology Didactics group at Osnabrück University has investigated the level of public acceptance of so-called cultured meat. The researchers have now published their findings in the journal "Foods". Cultured meat is produced outside a living organism from muscle stem cells. These are previously taken from a cow or pig and propagated.

"Klimawandel und Klimaschutz" - Scientists for Future lecture series


On Wednesday, April 20, the sixth lecture series "Klimawandel und Klimaschutz" of the Scientists for Future regional group Osnabrück starts. Under the title "Ernährungssysteme gestalten: Wie wir gemeinsam die Wende schaffen", the first speaker will be Prof. Dr. Melanie Speck from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. The lectures in the series take place every second Wednesday in lecture hall 01/E01 in Kolpingstraße 7, lectures start at 7 p.m., the 2G rule applies.

Rainforest House in the Botanical Garden reopens in April


The Rainforest House at Osnabrück University's Botanical Garden will be open for visits again from April 2022. Previously, the popular excursion destination had to close its doors for the duration of almost two pandemic years. Now the signs point to a new beginning, announces the director of the Botanic Garden, Prof. Dr. Sabine Zachgo: "We are delighted that we can finally welcome visitors to our tropics in Osnabrück again. We cordially invite you to stop by and listen to the concert of the frogs!"

Leash obligation during the breeding season on our campus

Osnabrück is green! Good coexistence in urban recreation areas requires the consideration of all recreationists. To protect the wildlife living there, people with dogs are especially in demand. This also applies to the Westerberg. On the adjacent grounds of the School of Biology/Chemistry, signs posted by Osnabrück University now remind people: In the period from April 1 to July 15 (general breeding and rearing season), dogs must be kept on a leash there!

Underrated animals: Zoologists from Osnabrück and Vechta provide comprehensive review about marine bristle worms


“Marine bristle worms" is a collective name for marine animals that most people pay little attention to. This is not the case for Günter Purschke, Markus Böggemann and Wilfried Westheide, three zoologists from the universities in Osnabrück and Vechta. They have recently intensively studied the representatives of this group, also called polychaetes, and as editors and co-authors have compiled a comparative overview on this animal group. This is the fourth and last volume of a series on the group of annelids edited by this team and published in the "Handbook of Zoology" series.

Inflammation during the removal of damaged cells: New perspectives for cancer treatment


A research study by Junior Professor Dr. Katia Cosentino from Osnabrück and Professor Dr. Ana J. Garcia-Saez from Cologne has investigated in detail how messenger substances signal inflammation during the removal of damaged cells in the body. Possibly these findings open up new perspectives to control cancer treatments. The study has been published in the journal Molecular Cell.

Teaching in the pandemic: Experimental course can take place on site


What is a spectrophotometer and how do I operate it? How do I determine the amount of protein in a sample? How do I create a calibration curve? Within the framework of the course "Experimentelle Übungen", Osnabrück Biology students acquire basic experimental skills in the first semesters of their studies. Thanks to an appropriate hygiene concept, this is possible despite the Corona pandemic.

„Pig & Click“: Interactive scrollytelling about sustainable pig breeding


57 million pigs are slaughtered in Germany every year. Behind this are around 18,000 pig farms, where farmers make decisions taking into account various sustainability dimensions. To raise awareness of the complexity of pork production, Dr. Florian Fiebelkorn and Elena Folsche from the Biodidactics department have developed the digital science communication project “Pig & Click – Build your own pig farm”.

Awards for the best master theses go to Christian Schröer and Lisa Grützmacher


On December 16, 2021, two former Osnabrück Biology master students were honored for their theses. Christian Schröer received the award in the category “thesis with a focus on biochemistry/molecular biology” and Lisa Grützmacher in the category “thesis with a focus on organismal biology”.

Excursion to Helgoland


In autumn, Helgoland offers fascinating insights into the migration behavior of numerous bird species. Biology students and lecturers from the University of Osnabrück saw this for themselves during an excursion from October 11 to 15, 2021: On Germany's only island located in the open sea, they observed some very rare birds – as well as grey seals and harbor seals.

Plenty of room for exchange: IRTG retreat on Borkum


From 3. to 6. November 2021, the Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG) of the Collaborative Research Centre 944 held a retreat on the North Sea Island Borkum. A total of 39 PhD students presented their scientific work and used the time to exchange ideas with other researchers.

Climate Change and Climate Protection


The digital lecture series "Climate Change and Climate Protection" by the Osnabrück regional group of Scientists for Future Osnabrück will continue from 4 November.

Apparently, opposites attract in bacteria as well


The fact that different bacterial strains interact with each other and exchange substances is essential, for example, for the production of yogurt or in maintaining our healthy intestinal flora. But how do bacteria choose their interaction partners? The research group of ecologist Prof. Dr. Christian Kost at Osnabrück University has now investigated this question using the example of amino acids, which are exchanged between two bacterial strains. Together with colleagues from Kiel University, the study was published in the journal Current Biology.

Habitat availability and global warming determine changes in grasshopper fauna


In a study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, Osnabrück ecologist apl. Prof. Dr. Thomas Fartmann investigated the effects of land use and climate change on grasshoppers in an agricultural region in the northwest German lowlands. For this purpose, a comparison of the grasshopper fauna in grassland areas and margins in 1995 and 2012 was carried out.

Young members of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology found Osnabrück City Group


They want to make a strong case for the life sciences at Osnabrück: seven biology students and doctoral candidates have joined forces to share their enthusiasm for their subject with others. They will start in November with a series of seminars.

Together in the monastery


Professors and academic staff of the biology department moved their workplace from the University of Osnabrück to the Malgarten monastery for a retreat on Thursday, 07.10.2021

Finally back in presence: SFB symposium in the Botanical Garden


The final symposium of the Collaborative Research Centre 944 "Physiology & Dynamics of Cellular Microcompartments" took place in Osnabrück from 21 September to 23 September 2021. A well thought-out hygiene concept made it possible for the event to take place largely in attendance.