Prof. Dr. Jörg Libuda has been head of the new Chair of Interface Research and Catalysis at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy since February 2019. However, Libuda, is not new to FAU. There’s a good reason why: ‘The culture of cooperation is a very special feature of this university’.

If there’s one thing potato plants don’t like, it’s heat. If the temperature is too high, potato plants form lower numbers of tubers or none at all. Biochemists at FAU have now discovered the reason why. If the temperature rises, a so-called small RNA blocks the formation of tubers. The researchers have successfully deactivated this RNA to create potato plants that are resistant to high temperatures.

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