Press releases

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

28.08.2017 | TOP NEWS, Research, Media Releases

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 Releases, 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 | Theory in Biodiversity Science, Media Releases, TOP NEWS

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 Releases

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

16.06.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases, 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 Releases, 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 Releases, 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 Releases, iDiv

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

17.05.2017 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Releases, TOP NEWS

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

12.05.2017 | yDiv, Media Releases, 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 Releases, 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 Releases, 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 Releases, 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 Releases, Experimental Interaction Ecology

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

02.03.2017 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Media Releases

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 Releases, 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 Releases, 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

Dr Marten Winter. Photo: Stefan Bernhardt
01.12.2016 | Media Releases, sDiv, TOP NEWS

Statement by Marten Winter > more

The data used in the study come from the project "Biodiversity Exploratories". The picture shows one of the study sites in Brandenburg (Schorfheide-Chorin; photo: Beatrix Schnabel).
30.11.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases

Intensive use of grasslands by humans not only reduces species diversity. It also makes the landscape more monotonous, so that the same species end up everywhere, a new study in "Nature" shows. > more

Tomatoes are tasty and a common crop in human agriculture (photo: pixabay).
14.11.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases, Molecular Interaction Ecology

A fungus living inside the roots of tomato plants helps its host to defend itself against parasites. The knowledge about this mechanism cold inspire new solutions for a sustainable agriculture. > more

Brown bear in the Tatra Mountains, Polish Carpathians (photo: Adam Wajrak).
14.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases, Biodiversity Conservation

Number of bears negligible > more

Simulated browsing: After a young maple tree has been cut, roe deer saliva is applied with a pipette to the cut surface (photo: Bettina Ohse/UL/iDiv).
12.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases, yDiv

Trees are able to distinguish whether one of their buds or shoots has been randomly torn off by a storm gust or fallen victim to a ravenous roe deer. In the case of roe deer browsing, they activate... > more

Photo: André Künzelmann, UFZ
09.09.2016 | Media Releases, sDiv, TOP NEWS

International research team issues recommendations to improve the predictive capacity of ecological models > more

06.09.2016 | Media Releases, TOP NEWS

Researchers seek explanations for the mystery that is monodominance > more

European earthworms of the species Lumbricus terrestris (photo: Simone Cesarz).
05.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Burrowing invaders conquest North American forests > more

Prof. Henrique M. Pereira, head of “Biodiversity Conservation” Photo: Silvio Bürger
05.09.2016 | Media Releases, Biodiversity Conservation

Statements by Henrique M. Pereira > more

Photo: Raul Ochoa Hueso
25.08.2016 | Media Releases, Physiological Diversity, TOP NEWS

new NATURE paper by Harpole et al. > more

29.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases

This text is only available in German. > more

iDiv scientists working in the field. Photo: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv
06.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Releases

Financial commitment over the next four years > more

04.07.2016 | Media Releases, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS

Leipzig. At the beginning of July in Leipzig, several hundred international experts in monitoring biological diversity will advise how the enormous gaps in knowledge about global biodiversity can be... > more

Bumblebees are common pollinators in cities, a new study found (photo: UFZ).
22.06.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases, Research

Bees pollinate plants more frequently in the city than in the country even though they are more often infected with parasites, a factor which can shorten their lifespans. These were the findings of a... > more

14.06.2016 | Media Releases, Molecular Interaction Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Experimental Interaction Ecology

This text is only available in German. > more

04.06.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases, Theory in Biodiversity Science

Small animals that decompose fallen leaves in the forest form complex food webs and are essential to a functioning ecosystem. A study comprising over 80 forests in Germany and on Sumatra (Indonesia)... > more

Dr Sabine Matthiä (photo: private)
31.05.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases, iDiv

Dr Sabine Matthiä has taken up the position as Chief Operating Officer at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. > more

17.05.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Releases, TOP NEWS

new international study published in Science Advances > more

12.05.2016 | Media Releases, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS

First International ECSA and GEWISS Conference from 19 to 21 May 2016 > more

24.03.2016 | Media Releases

Forest homogenisation results in a lower ecosystem performance.  > more

Sumatran orangutans, one of the two existing species of orangutans, live exclusively in the North of the Indonesian island Sumatra. © Perry van Duijnhoven
04.03.2016 | Media Releases, TOP NEWS

More Sumatran orangutans live in the wild than previously thought, yet continuing deforestation is likely to substantially reduce their number > more

For their study the researchers analyzed soil organisms and bio¬geo-che¬mical cycles in a natural source of carbon dioxide (mofette) and in a comparative soil. Photo: Felix Beulig, FSU
23.02.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Releases

Carbon dioxide changes community of soil organisms > more

Gärtnerin Katja Kunze an einem  Spezialzelt auf den "Biodiversitätswiesen" beim Bienen zählen. (Foto: Anne Günther/FSU)
16.02.2016 | Media Releases

Eines der größten und ältesten Biodiversitätsexperimente Europas wird fortgesetzt > more

28.01.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Releases

The grant for Nico Eisenhauer is awarded to study the effects of European earthworms in North America.  > more

Photo: Ramesh Laungani, Doane College
14.01.2016 | Media Releases

Communities rich in species are substantially healthier and more productive than those depleted of species. An international group of scientists has solved this long-standing ecological riddle using... > more

13.01.2016 | Media Releases

MLU study with iDiv member: Global honey trade plays greater role than previously thought > more

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