Exploring Nature’s Mysteries! 🌿

February 26, 2024
In a breathtaking exploration, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have identified 74 new plant species and 15 fungi over the past year. These groundbreaking discoveries range from an underground “forest” to spectacular orchids and were found in unlikely

Prestigeous award for Genawif collaborator Dr. André Bachmann

May 17, 2023
Dr. AndrĂ© Bachmann, Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University and a collaborator with Genawif, has been honoured with the 2023 NYIPLA “Inventor of the Year Award” for US Patent No. 11,273,137 B2. The New York Property Law Association makes

Bio4MatPro – Competence Center for Biological Transformation in Materials Science and Production Engineering

February 8, 2023
Our chairman Dr. Martin Gruhlke gave a presentation on the topic of utilization options of stinging nettle at the conference organized by the Aachen Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Bio4MatPro project at RWTH Aachen University on February 07,

New research work by GENAWIF members

January 26, 2023
Selenium is an element very similar to sulfur. The redox activity that makes sulfur so biologically significant is also present in sulfur. Many sulfur compounds, such as those found in onion or cabbage plants, are also extremely antimicrobial. In a

Allicin from garlic inhibits the essential bacterial enzyme DNA gyrase, a common target for medical antibiotics

November 13, 2022
For non-experts, we recommend to have a look at our article “Size matters – the importance of DNA packaging and the bacterial DNA Gyrase” first. The article introduces the importance and principles of DNA packaging by comparing the size of

International Conference of our German Society for Plant Sciences

September 27, 2022
At this year’s botanical meeting, hosted by the German Botanical Society (www.deutsche-botanische-gesellschaft.de) at the University of Bonn, our chairman Dr. Martin Gruhlke gave a lecture on “Thioallylation as the basis for the physiological effect of allicin in garlic” and was

Size matters – the importance of DNA packaging

September 13, 2022
Summary The following article introduces the importance of DNA size management due to limited cellular space, as it is demonstrated with the DNA and cell size of the Escherichia coli bacterium. The very principles of DNA packaging are discussed using

Powerful new analytical technique makes the smell of garlic and other plants visible.

August 24, 2022
When you investigate something, your method can distort your results. This is a problem in lots of research and a case in point is trying to analyse the molecules that make up the smell of garlic. Many analytical methods actually

The uncertain future for many Scientists and the non-profit organization as a link between public and private sector research

July 13, 2022
To spread the idea of GENAWIF and for letting our network grow, it is important to get in touch with all interested groups that we can work with, which are scientists, the private sector economy, the general public, and especially

Participation in the Food Bioactives and Health Congress in Parma, Italy

June 27, 2022
Dr. Martin Gruhlke, Chairman of GENAWIF e.V., participated in the 3rd Food Bioactives and Health Congress in Parma, Italy. There he presented work on thioallylation of proteins by allicin from garlic. Thioallylation is an alteration of certain amino acid residues

Support by Aachener Bank

June 15, 2022
Aachener Bank e.G. supports the scientific work of GENAWIF e.V. by a donation to our association. This donation will contribute to the continuation and expansion of our various scientific projects, which also benefit the Aachen region. We would like to

The Plant Physiology Department at the RWTH Aachen and the events that led to the foundation of GENAWIF

April 27, 2022
The founding of GENAWIF is tightly linked to the history of the Department of Plant Physiology at the RWTH Aachen University and the so-called garlic group. To get an idea about Plant Physiology, it is basically the science about understanding


April 1, 2022
The course “Symbiotecture” is offered by the Institute of Building Technology at RWTH Aachen University and is aimed at students of architecture and biology. The aim is to design building concepts that use plants as an integral part of the

A Marketplace for laboratory infrastructure

March 17, 2022
GENAWIF is still quite young, however, it was important for us to have the opportunity to work in our own labs to let theory and practice come together in evaluating new ideas. But what if we were missing special equipment

Participation at the WFMG – Support for the local Food and Drinks Industry 

February 10, 2022
On January 27th 2022 we participated at the Branchentreffpunkt für Getränke und Lebensmittelwirtschaft, which was organized by the Wirtschaftsförderung Mönchengladbach (WFMG). Simplified, the WFMG is a limited liability company whose primary goal is to secure or create new jobs in

Cooperation with Landgard

February 2, 2022
Climate change is one of the central challenges of our time. In the future, long periods of drought in particular will negatively affect agricultural yields in the long term. With the kind support of the Landgard Foundation, we are working