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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-03-01 - 2018-12-31

The von Bertalanffy equation was developed in the 1940s and has since been the almost universal biologically motivated model to describe the ontogenetic growth of different species; it is characterized by the metabolic exponents a = 2/3, b = 1. West et al. (1997, 2001) suggested another pair of metabolic exponents (a = 2/3, b = 1) and provided biological reasoning for this choice. This project proposes biological reasoning for yet two other exponent pairs based on the ideas of Bertalanffy and West about metabolism and on a model of Parks (1982) about the dependency of growth on food intake.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-07-01 - 2021-12-31

Research and development are central to identifying current societal challenges and developing solutions. To achieve this goal, a cross-disciplinary, open approach to innovation and close mutual exchange with social and economic actors are of particular importance. This is the only way to identify current environmental, economic and societal problems and to develop innovative solutions for sustainable growth. This applies in particular to societal challenges such as those identified by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Against this background, the cooperation project is dedicated to supporting the exchange of knowledge to solve societal challenges and promote social innovation, together with the active involvement of transfer partners from business and society. The project is explicitly interdisciplinary and cross-institutional. A special concern of the project is the exchange of knowledge with non-profit organisations as well as young start-ups and academic spin-offs. On the one hand, this ensures that current questions and problems are taken into account in research; on the other hand, it contributes to the success of innovative companies and social actors. The focus of the cooperation project is the establishment of topic-specific transfer networks between scientists from all disciplines and transfer partners as well as the implementation-oriented communication of open innovation methods and the topic-specific development of transfer projects and services. The respective subprojects should - under the set guiding themes - explicitly intertwine and build on each other. The topics of education, health and care, climate and housing form the background for the project.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-09-01 - 2020-08-31

GBS is a very useful tool for research on plants and animals. The Poland et al. (2012) protocol is well suited for small- and large-genome taxa as the PstI fragments are less frequent (Truong et al. 2012). No size selection of digested fragments is necessary. By applying GBS, we aim at tracing the dispersal of individuals between populations. The proposed GBS method makes it possible to determine the degree of genetic relationship between individuals and populations and thus to understand gene flow (dispersal of seeds and/or plant fragments) between populations. 'Alpenschwemmlinge' are alpine plants growing in lowland river banks. The main research question is: To what extent are seeds (or plant fragments) swept down from the alpine zone?

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