Paper published on European research network on animal poisons
An article has recently been published describing the COST Action European Venom Network (EUVEN CA19144), synergy and future perspectives of modern venomics. TBG researcher Dr. Björn M. von Reumont is co-author of the study and member of the German management committee. The network unites European animal venom researchers aiming at developing protocols and methods, establishing technological procedures and animal models as well as studying previously unknown venomous animal species and their venoms. As the application of the new findings for biomedical, diagnostic and agrochemical purposes is an important goal, collaboration with companies is also planned. Read the article in "GigaScience" and the press release at Justus Liebig University Giessen. (Photo: B. M. von Reumont)
Lecture by Michael Hiller: Is there really evolution?
The diversity of species has developed through evolution over the course of many millions of years. Through processes such as variation and selection, certain characteristics have emerged and others have disappeared – says the doctrine. But is this actually true? Or were humans and other species created by an intelligent being, as some believe? In his lecture " Hat Evolution wirklich stattgefunden? Belege aus der Paläontologie, Entwicklungsbiologie und Genom-Forschung" (in German), Prof. Dr. Michael Hiller from the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics will talk about valid arguments as well as visual and genetic similarities between species. The lecture will take place digitally at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14. A livestream can be found at www.senckenberg.de/live. The event is part of the Senckenberg lecture series " Bauplan der Natur – Wie Genomik unseren Blick auf die biologische Vielfalt revolutioniert". More info at https://senckenberg.de/bauplandernatur
Skin deep: When mammals re-entered water
New insights in the evolution of mammals when re-entering water: The smooth, nearly hairless skin of whales and hippos look similar, but evolved independently. This is revealed by genomic and anatomical analyses partly conducted by Michael Hiller at LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics. The skin of these mammals fine-tuned for life in the water was long assumed to have come from a shared amphibious ancestor. The study published in “Current Biology” contradicts this assumption. It rather suggests that the last common ancestor was land-dwelling. Hence “aquatic” skin with specific adaptions developed more than once in mammal’s phylogeny. Read the article in “Current Biology” and the press release at Senckenberg (Photo: Zoo Duisburg gGmbH)
Biodiversity Genomics Symposium: agenda online, registration open
The Agenda for Senckenberg Biodiversity Genomics Symposium (21st of April 2021) is online including schedule, speakers and discussion slots. Among speakers are TBG scientists Prof. Dr. Miklos Bálint and Prof. Dr. Imke Schmitt. Registration for the one-day event is free, but required and still possible. The Symposium is co-organised by the LOEWE-TBG, the Senckenberg Research Institute and PacBio. Scientists from Europe and beyond will share their experiences using highly accurate long-read sequencing, known as HiFi sequencing, to generate reference-quality genomes of taxonomically diverse organisms. The event will feature a mix of scientific presentations, lightning talks, a poster session and breaks with opportunities to network with your peers. Read more and register here.
Lecture: Dr. Kornelia Hardes about her research on influenza
The Senckenberg lecture series "Bauplan der Natur – Wie Genomik unseren Blick auf die biologische Vielfalt revolutioniert" enters its second round on Wednesday, March 31. TBG project leader Dr. Kornelia Hardes from the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) in Giessen will speak about her research on influenza virus and antiviral strategies to prevent future pandemics starting at 7:15 p.m. Read all information at Senckenberg. (Photo: Désirée Schulz/Fraunhofer)
Excellent plant protection: Heitefuß Award for TBG-PI Marco Thines
The German Phytomedical Society e.V. (DPG) awards TBG-PI Prof. Dr. Marco Thines of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center in Frankfurt a prize for his research on filamentous pathogens. The Rudolf Heitefuß Preis is awarded for outstanding scientific achievements. Thines is studying the diversity of plant pathogens and their hosts. For example, he investigates oomycetes, a group that includes pathogens causing widespread plant diseases such as late blight of potatoes and tomatoes and downy mildew. Worldwide, plant-parasitic oomycetes and blight fungi cause losses in the billions every year. Despite their economic importance, only a fraction of their actual biodiversity has been discovered to date. At LOEWE-TBG Thines leads the project “Landscape genomics of plant-pathogen interactions”. Read press release at Senckenberg. (Photo: Marco Thines)
TBG starts public lecture series on genomics
Scientists from the LOEWE Center for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG) and guest speakers from other institutions will provide insights into current genomics research. The public lecture series "Bauplan der Natur – Wie Genomik unseren Blick auf die biologische Vielfalt revolutioniert" (in German) will start on Wednesday, 17th of March, with TBG-Speaker Prof. Dr. Axel Janke. He will explain the basics of genomics and introduce LOEWE-TBG. Lectures take place virtually via Livestream (including YouTube-Video) until July almost every second week. The lecture series is organized in cooperation with Senckenberg. Find information on talks and participation here: www.senckenberg.de/bauplandernatur
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TBG is co-organising Biodiversity Genomics Symposium – Registration and submission of abstracts open
Senckenberg Biodiversity Genomics Symposium will take place at 21st of April 2021. It is a one-day event co-organised by the LOEWE-TBG, the Senckenberg Research Institute and PacBio. Scientists from Europe and beyond will share their experiences using highly accurate long-read sequencing, known as HiFi sequencing, to generate reference-quality genomes of taxonomically diverse organisms, ranging from plants, lichens, insects, and snails to vertebrates to address key questions. The event will feature a mix of scientific presentations, lightning talks, a poster session and breaks with opportunities to network with your peers.
Read more and register here. / Submit your abstract here
Project seeks to replace the use of animal components in toxicology research
Prof. Henner Hollert und Dr. Andreas Schiwy from the Department for Evolutionary Ecology and Environmental Toxicology at Goethe University and the LOEWE Centre TBG, together with the environmental toxicologist Prof. Beate Escher from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (UFZ) and the companies BiodetectionsSystems in Amsterdam and Scinora in Heidelberg seek to find alternatives to animal components in toxicology research such as serum or liver cell tisses. Their project won the “CRACK IT” innovation challenge by NC3Rs, a British organisation that works to reduce reliance on animal models in research. The challenge is sponsored by AstraZeneca and Unilever.
Holotype of newly discovered snake species sequenced at LOEWE-Centre TBG
Senckenberg scientist Prof. Dr. Gunther Köhler and an international team from East Yangon University in Myanmar discovered a new species of mud snake. Morphological and genetic analyses showed that Myanophis thanlyinensis belongs to a genus so far unknown to science, the team recently reported in the journal "Zootaxa". The genome of the holotype is already available for further research: it was sequenced as a novel digital taxonomic resource at the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics.
Argonauta argo - Mollusc of the Year 2021
The Mollusc of the Year 2021 has been announced today, February 1, 2021 by Prof. Julia Sigwart, Section leader at the Malacology Department of the Senckenberg Museum, Dr. Carola Greve Lab manager of the LOEWE-Centre TBG, Dr. Tilman Schell, Bioinformatician of the LOEWE-Centre TBG, and Prof. Dr. Yasunori Kano, secretary of the worldwide society for Mollusc Research (Unitas Malacologica).
The Mollusc of the Year 2021 was selected from over 120 nominations submitted by international researchers and members of the public. The jury then selected five species that entered the second round as finalists. During this final round, the LOEWE-Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics website was open for the public to votes.
The title "Mollusc of the Year 2021" was won by the Greater Argonaut (Argonauta argo). As a prize, Argonauta argo will get its whole genome sequenced at the LOEWE-Centre TBG.
Nominate your favourite mollusc for FREE genome sequencing by the Senckenberg Museum and LOEWE-Translational Biodiversity Genomics centre!
Let's have a good start to 2021!! Senckenberg/LOEWE-TBG and Unitas Malacologica will select 5 top molluscs from the nominations, and the final winner will be determined by a popular vote in January.
Any living species of mollusc, in any habitat, anywhere in the world is eligible!
Researchers of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre and the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG) develop a new test to better assess environmental impact of substances
(SGN/TBG press release on a publication in the journal Environmental Pollution)
Image: © Markus Pfenninger
Animal poisons as a source of novel bioresources
(Article about the research field of Venomics by TBG scientists Tim Lüddecke und Björn von Reumont in the journal BIOspektrum (in German))
Partial autonomy. How species separate, but not entirely
Image: © lkpro / shutterstock.com
Controlled poisoning. Study provides deeper insight into the regulation of bacterial agents
(TBG press release on a publication in the journal Nature Microbiology)
Image: © D. Kucharski, K. Kucharska/Shutterstock.com
Deciphering the genome of bats
(Interview with TBG Prof. Dr. Michael Hiller on the Senckenberg website)
Image: Myotis myotis © Oliver Farcy
New in the LOEWE TBG team: PI Dr. Kornelia Hardes, who has just been granted BMBF funding to establish her own junior research group in infection research and is heading the level three security laboratory at the new Fraunhofer Institute for Bioresources in Gießen.
Measuring and monitoring biodiversity with molecular biological methods. Functional Environmental Genomics in Focus: Joint appointment of the University of Giessen and the Senckenberg Society for Nature Research
(SGN/JLU press release on the appointment of PD Dr. rer. nat. Miklós Bálint as Professor and Head of the Project Area Functional Environmental Genomics of the LOEWE Centre for Translational BiodiversityGenomics (TBG))
Characterize living beings and learn from them. Genomist Michael Hiller takes over new professorship at LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics
(TBG press release on the appointment of Dr. Michael Hiller as Professor at Senckenberg Society for Nature Research and Goethe University Frankfurt, and PI in the Project Area Comparative Genomics of the LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG))
Image: © Sven Tränkner/Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Island of Methuselah. Researchers have deciphered the tuatara’s genetic makeup. These primordial animals once emerged from a catastrophe. Now they could help us understand why we age
(article with quotations from Dr. Stefan Prost, TBG, in the print edition of “Der Spiegel”, No. 34 of 14.08.2020; in German)
When the worm reaches for the poison. Research into native nematodes provides insight into the evolutionary development and economic use of animal toxins
(TBG press release (in German) on a publication in the journal Marine Drugs)
Image: © Rainer Borcherding / Schutzstation Wattenmeer
The tuatara – a living fossil
(article with quotations from Dr. Stefan Prost, TBG, at Wissenschaft.de under " Picture of the week"; in German)
Evolutionary secret of "living fossil" revealed. The world's first sequencing of the tuatara genome sheds light on the relationship between reptiles and longevity in the animal kingdom
(TBG press release (in German) on a publication in the journal Nature)
Image: © Bernard Spragg. NZ
Article in the NZZ am Sonntag on the discussion about wild animal markets and their role in the corona pandemic
(with comments by Dr. Stefan Prost, TBG; in German)
"Why do you have eye color?" Interview with Dr. Carola Greve, LOEWE-TBG laboratory manager, on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the British biochemist and DNA specialist Rosalind Franklin
(Die Sendung mit der Maus – Lach- und Sachgeschichten zum Hören. Under: Podcast 60 Min, starting at minute 41:33, in German)
Promising biomolecules discovered from the unusual venom of the wasp spider
(Press release of the Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen on a publication of the TBG research group “Animal Venomics” in the journal “Biomolecules”; in German)
Evolutionary geneticist and LOEWE-TBG speaker Prof. Axel Janke in the television programme “hallo hessen” of Hessischer Rundfunk about his research at the Senckenberg Institute and the biodiversity of mammals
(starting at minute 39:48, in German)
Early warning system for pandemics. International group of researchers develops strategies against virus transmission from wild animals to humans
(TBG press release (in German) on a comment in the journal Science)
Image: © Dan Bennett / CC BY
dpa-article on the current UN report on the illegal trade in wild animals and plants
(with quotation from Dr. Stefan Prost, TBG, published among others in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in German)
With the backpack lab into the jungle – portable PCR and sequencing devices revolutionize genomic field studies
(article by Dr. Stefan Prost, TBG, in “Laborjournal”, in German)
The benefits of biological diversity – LOEWE Centre TBG on board the MS Wissenschaft 2020
(report and links on the ProLOEWE website, in German)
“Evolutionary Vertebrate Genomics” – LOEWE-TBG develops and tests course concept for the Goethe University Frankfurt
(report and links to publications on the ProLOEWE website, in German)
Honeybees as drug investigators – FAZ reports on Andreas Vilcinskas (LOEWE-ZIB and LOEWE-TBG) and the versatile application possibilities of the insects
(summary of the article and link to the FAZ Plus page on the ProLOEWE website, in German)
Closing all wildlife markets is too short a plan.
In conversation with Senckenberg researcher Stefan Prost (contribution on the Senckenberg website, in German)
Corona Virus origin: doubts about bat and pangolin as carriers
Stefan Prost of LOEWE-TBG expresses himself in a contribution of science.ORF.at (in German)
TBG-Press release regarding the international conference
4th Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics – From Genomes to Application“ held in Frankfurt am Main from 26.-28.02.2020 at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum (press release in German)
TBG-Press invitation to the international conference
4th Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics – From Genomes to Application“ held in Frankfurt am Main from 26.-28.02.2020 at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum (press invitation in German)
Press release of the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art regarding the future LOEWE research funding
(with picture of LOEWE-TBG speaker Prof. Axel Janke) (press release in German)
TBG-Press release regarding the Nature Microbiology-Publication of Prof. Helge B. Bode
A deeper look into the treasure chest within microbes published in the online-magazine of Goethe-University Frankfurt
Press release of the Goethe-University Frankfurt (in German):
Blauwal-Erbgut enthüllt Paarung über Artgrenzen hinweg
Press release of the Frankfurter Rundschau (in German)
Hessische Forscher wollen den Code allen Lebens knacken – Startschuss für LOEWE-Forschungszentrum
Press release of the Senckenberg Nature Research Society (in German)
Hessische Forscher wollen den Code allen Lebens knacken – Startschuss für LOEWE-Forschungszentrum
Press release of the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts (in German)
Neues LOEWE-Zentrum untersucht Gen-Vielfalt bei Pflanzen und Tieren
Press release of the Senckenberg Nature Research Society (in German)
Die Vielfalt des Erbgutes – 17,6 Millionen Euro für die Erforschung genomischer Diversität im Tier- und Pflanzenreich