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Here you can find the media releases of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. Please note, that all images contained in the media releases are for use in connection with the press release, exclusively. For any other usage purposes, please contact the Media and Communications department (

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The experimental site of BEF-China in located in a mountain area 400 kilometres to the west of Shanghai. (Photo: UZH)
01.10.2018 | Research, Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

Reforestation with a variety of tree species would help biodiversity and climate  › more

Martin Quaas will build a new research group on the interactions between biodiversity and economics at the iDiv research centre and Leipzig University. (Photo: Irina Höft)
27.09.2018 | Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS

Quaas' professorship starts on 1 Oktober 2018  › more

The height of tundra plant communities has increased over the last 30 years. (Photo: Anne Bjorkman)
26.09.2018 | sDiv, Niche Detector for Hyperdiverse Tropical Forests, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Analysis of comprehensive data set led to publication in Nature.  › more

21.08.2018 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv

Talks and exhibition inauguration (in German)  › more

(Photo: Irene Bender)
06.08.2018 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

Joint position paper of renowned researchers  › more

Subtropical forests like this one in East China (Gutianshan Reserve) have a high species richness. (Photo: Sabine Both)
01.08.2018 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members

Study based on ten years of research in subtropical forests  › more

Female bear with her two cubs roaming in search for bilberries in September, Tatra mountains, Polish Carpathians. (Photo: Adam Wajrak)
24.07.2018 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Brown bears could live in an additional 380,000 square kilometres  › more

Oribatid mite of the Euphthiracaridae family. These mites travel alive in the gut of slugs. (Photo: Andy Murray)
04.07.2018 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Newly discovered dispersal strategy for mites  › more

150 years old oak trees in the Forêt domaniale de Bercé (Photo: INRA / Didier Bert).
20.06.2018 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Research, UFZ News

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the pedunculate oak  › more

As of June, the Dutch biologist Dr Renske Emilie Onstein will head up a new “Evolution and Adaptation” junior research group at iDiv with offices and laboratories based in Leipzig’s Bio City. (Photo: private)
04.06.2018 | TOP NEWS, Evolution and Adaptation, Media Release

Start of research group “Evolution and Adaptation”.  › more

The exhibition boxes at the Botanical Garden of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Photo: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)
17.05.2018 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Research

Exhibition on gardening opened on 24 May in the Botanical Garden of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.  › more

China is establishing an infrastructure and service network to connect the country, by land and sea, to different parts of Asia, Africa and Europe. This “Belt and Road” initiative (BRI) will not only influence the future of global trade but also the environment and the biological resources. (Photo: StockSnap / / CC0 Public Domain)
15.05.2018 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release

Environment protection should be a priority for the Chinese initiative to promote global trade.  › more

A western lowland gorilla in the rainforests of the Republic of Congo. A decade-long study on Western Equatorial Africa&rsquo;s western lowland gorillas (<em>Gorilla gorilla gorilla</em>) and central chimpanzees (<em>Pan troglodytes troglodytes</em>) has revealed there are more of these animals in the wild than previously thought. (Photo: Forrest Hogg/WCS)
26.04.2018 | Media Release, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, TOP NEWS

Massive study finds more gorillas and chimpanzees than previously thought, but 80% are outside the safe havens of protected areas  › more

Bumblebees in the city are genetically different from those in the countryside (photo: BarbeeAnne/Pixabay)
18.04.2018 | TOP NEWS, Media Release

Genetic adaptation to different habitats  › more

05.04.2018 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, sDiv, iDiv Members

The stronger global warming is, the greater the increase in the number of plant species on mountain tops. This was the main finding of a study published in the journal Nature.  › more

A camera trap provided the evidence: The lynx is back in the Thuringian Forest. (Photo: Dirk Hirsch)
09.03.2018 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release

Fotos from a camera trap provide the evidence  › more

Butterflies are important pollinators in our ecosystems. The photo shows a skipper on a marguerite. (Photo: Reinart Feldmann)
05.03.2018 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

Common media release by iDiv, UFZ and Senckenberg  › more

06.02.2018 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat

Global demand for natural resources has reduced the number of orangutans by more than 100,000 animals in the last 16 years  › more

Woodlice are important detrivores in the soil. (Photo: Sarah Zieger)
21.12.2017 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Study questions assumptions on mechanisms underlying warming feedback.  › more

Biodiverse autmn forest with Norway spruce, beech and birch trees. (Photo: Christian Hueller)
17.11.2017 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Research

Specifically in hot and dry summers, forests with more tree species have higher functionality  › more

28.08.2017 | TOP NEWS, Research, Media Release

Scientists from Göttingen University investigate effects of land conversion in South-East Asia  › more

In the Ivory Coast’s Taï National Park the anthrax pathogen Bacillus cereus biovar anthracis is posing a serious threat to wildlife, including chimpanzees (Photo: MPI f. Evolutionary Anthropology/ L. Samuni)
02.08.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat

Researchers illuminate the epidemiology of a cryptic pathogen  › more

The African elephant is the largest animal on land, but not the fastest. (Photo: Bernd Adam)
17.07.2017 | TOP NEWS, Theory in Biodiversity Science, Media Release

A new mathematical model shows why the largest animals are not always the fastest.  › more

Experimental meadow plots with heating lamps (photo: Jacob Miller).
14.07.2017 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release

In meadows with high plant species richness, nematode communities cope better with warming.  › more

16.06.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv, Research

Collaborative Research Centre of the University of Jena: AquaDiva funded for further four years with over 9.5 million euros from German Research Foundation   › more

15.06.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv

This text is available only in German.  › more

The Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) displaces the native European Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in the United Kingdom and other EU countries. It was therefore included in the blacklist of the EU ("List of invasive non-resident species of Union concern") in 2016 and must be actively combated in the European Union. Photo: Tim M. Blackburn, University College London
13.06.2017 | Media Release, sDiv, Macroecology and Society, TOP NEWS

Global hotspots for non-native animal and plant species have been identified for the first time  › more

As a present, Mr Tillich was given a miniature version of the 'taxamap', a picture representing all known genuses on earth (photo: Stefan Bernhardt).
09.06.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv

The research centre was one of two priorities during his visit to the Leipzig University  › more

17.05.2017 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS

The iDiv Ecotron will provide insights into interactions among species.  › more

12.05.2017 | yDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Study by Senckenberg, iDiv, MLU, UFZ and others  › more

The Maxwell's duiker (Philantomba maxwellii), a small antelope that lives in western Africa (Photo: Paul Cools /
10.05.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat

Estimating how many animals of a certain species live in a remote region has become easier thanks to a new analytical method  › more

Barley on the fields of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben (Photo: Heike Ernst/ IPK).
27.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Domestication Genomics

A new study in Nature reports the first high-quality reference genome sequence of barley.  › more

During the night, a tobacco hawkmoth (Manduca sexta) uses its proboscis to suck nectar from a flower of the wild tobacco Nicotiana attenuata. Sensory neurons located on the tip of the proboscis respond to the floral volatile (E)-α-bergamotene (Photo: Danny Kessler, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology).
21.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Ecological Functions of Plant Secondary Metabolites, iDiv Members

The plant volatile compound bergamotene is alluring, but also lethal for Manduca sexta months, a new study finds.  › more

The larger prey species used in the experiment, the springtail Folsomia candida (Photo: Andy Murray).
06.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology

An experiment shows how rising temperatures change interactions between species.  › more

02.03.2017 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Media Release

findings appear in BMC Genomics  › more

The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is among those carnivore species that are most exposed to roads globally.
08.02.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation

The protection status of several species should therefore be reconsidered, researchers from iDiv and MLU say.  › more

Cabbage white caterpillars (Pieris brassicae) were one of the herbivore species used in the study (photo: Nicole Van Dam).
31.01.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Molecular Interaction Ecology

When plants are eaten by herbivores, they emit odours to attract the natural enemies of their enemies. These odours vary according to the characteristics of the herbivore species, a new study shows.  › more

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