Latest Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology Stories
Depending on the environment in which the worm grows, the larva of the roundworm Pristionchus pacificus develops into either a wide-mouthed predator or a narrow-mouthed bacteria eater.
An unusual posthumous honor for physicist Max Planck: Biologists in Tubingen working with Ralf J. Sommer have named a newly discovered nematode after the German Nobel laureate.
As planktonic organisms the larvae of the marine annelid Platynereis swim freely in the open water.
People can develop new technologies and animals may migrate to other regions.
Max Planck researchers have uncovered an ingenious evolutionary trick: a signaling chain is allocated several functions, enabling optimal adaptation to environmental conditions.
Scientists from TÃ¼bingen reveal an evolutionary dilemma: plants that are more resistant to disease grow more slowly and are less competitive than susceptible relatives when enemies are rare.
TÃ¼bingen-based developmental geneticists research organ development in the plant embryo.
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in TÃ¼bingen, Germany, and Indiana University in Bloomington have now been able to measure for the first time directly the speed with which new mutations occur in plants.
Scientists have suspected that spare parts in the genomeâ€”extra copies of functional genes that arise when genes or whole genomes get duplicatedâ€”might sometimes provide the raw materials for the evolution of new traits. Now, researchers report in a study published online on September 3rd in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, that they have discovered a prime example of this in fish.
Why do some plants blossom even when days are short and gray? Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology have found the answer to this question: An endogenous mechanism allows them to flower in the absence of external influences such as long days
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