A beetle against allergies
Hardly any other plant is as allergenic as Ambrosia. But now there is a glimmer of hope - thanks to an accidentally introduced beetle. A study, in which the University of Fribourg was a participant, has shown that a natural enemy of the weed can relieve more than two million European allergy sufferers of their symptoms.
European research project - predicting tomorrow's fashion
Imagine a clever computer which could explore the internet, then predict next year's fashion in clothing. Who would be interested in such a software? For one, Zalando, the largest online European clothing…
New SINERGIA projects at Unifr
Four researchers from the University of Fribourg have obtained "Sinergia" funding from the Swiss National Fund. Sinergia supports ambitious collaborative projects between two to four professors in Switzerland,…
A trio of high-profile results in physics
A good spell for research at the Department of Physics: the result of a massive 20-year-long experiment, and 2 publications in the prestigious journal Nature Communications.
Alzheimer's disease: when the saliva speaks
It is estimated that every 17 minutes in Switzerland someone receives a diagnosis of some form of dementia. A team of researchers at the University of Fribourg has shown that an analysis of the microbial…
Two new Marie-Curie fellows at Unifr
Two post-doctoral researchers have been awarded prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships at Unifr. Philip Scholten and Samet Kocabey will investigate degradable plastics and cancer biomarkers.
National Research Programme 77 at Unifr
The National Research Programme 77 on Digital Transformation has just started with 37 projects selected, financed by the Confederation to the tune of CHF 30 million. Several researchers from the University…
Stressed bacteria as a source of energy
Researchers at the University of Fribourg have shown how the chemistry of bacteria that do not require oxygen changes when they are exposed to different external conditions. These bacteria can be used…
Seventeen Unifr researchers awarded grants in new SNSF program
Seventeen researchers at Unifr have obtained grants from the new Spark funding scheme of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Spark provides up to one year of funding to explore new scientific ideas,…
A small victory in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria
A team of researchers has succeeded in completely eradicating antibiotic-resistant bacteria in one patient by using bacteriophage viruses. This is a first in the fight against the scourge of antibiotic-resistant…