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FAU researchers investigate new substances to treat depression

The antidepressive agent in St John’s wort is to be developed further. (Image: Pimpinellus/Wikimedia Commons)Pharmacists at FAU are looking for new ways to treat depression. The model for these investigations is provided by a well-known medicinal plant, St John’s wort, which contains the antidepressive agent hyperforin that the researchers aim to develop further. The project, which forms part of the European research consortium HYPZITRP, has received 184,000 euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the next three years. more...

  • Discovering how tectonic plates are recycled off the coast of New Zealand

    The research ship SONNE brought the researchers to the underwater volcanoes in the Pacific. (Image: Bernd Grundmann/GEOMAR)Processes inside the Earth are often difficult for researchers to follow. An international team of researchers including members from Geozentrum Nordbayern at FAU and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel were able to draw conclusions about the movement of submerged tectonic plates at a depth of up to 100 kilometres using samples from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, allowing them to answer questions about the history of the tectonic plates to the north of New Zealand. Their study has recently been published in the international journal Nature Communications. more...

  • Motorways and footpaths for molecules

    Zeolite catalysts: motorways for molecules (Image: Dirk Vorderstraße/ Wikimedia Commons)The world would come to a standstill without zeolites. They play a crucial role in the production of petrol, are used in washing powder to remove calcium from water, dry dishes in dishwashers and are used to produce pure oxygen. Researchers at FAU have recently managed to produce a new zeolite with a layered structure which could be used to make chemical processes faster, less expensive and more environmentally friendly. Their findings will be presented at the 6th International Federation of European Zeolite Associations Conference (FEZA) in Leipzig from 8 to 11 September. more...