21.10.2016 | TOP NEWS

When their habitat is broken up, animals in the centre of their range fare better than animals on the edge > more

“Discussion Forum Ecosystem Services” at the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (photo: Suleika Suntken, DUH)

This text in only available in German. > more

18.10.2016 | TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services

The IPBES workshop on scenarios and modelling that was held last week at iDiv in Leipzig brought a paradigm change, the organizers say. Scenarios have always treated impacts on biodiversity as a... > more

10.10.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
Jitendra Gaikwad and Martin Hochmuth from the iDiv Biodiversity Informatics Unit (BDU) work on a new tool for managing multimedia data for science (photo: Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU).

Scientists start a new cooperation between Germany and Tunisia > more

10.10.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Informatics Uni (BDU)
Photo: Stefan Bernhardt

This week, iDiv is hosting a workshop of the IPBES scenarios and modelling group in Leipzig. > more

04.10.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
The small tropical frog Oophaga pumilio is a colourful example for high within-species genetic diversity (all photos: Kathleen Preißler).

The first global map of within-species genetic diversity on our planet has been published. Henrique M. Pereira, Professor at iDiv and the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, comments on the... > more

28.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation

New paper in „New Phytologist“ > more

21.09.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS

Press release from Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre > more

20.09.2016 | Research, sDiv

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19.09.2016 | Ecosystem Services
Members of the IPBES expert group for the Regional Assessment on Europe and Central Asia during their meeting in Zadar, Croatia (photo: Ulf Molau).

The meeting took place in Zadar, Croatia, were an interdisciplinary group worked on the IPBES Regional Assessment on Europe and Central Asia > more

19.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation
Brown bear in the Tatra Mountains, Polish Carpathians (photo: Adam Wajrak).

Number of bears negligible > more

14.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, Biodiversity Conservation
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).

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

12.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, yDiv
Photo: André Künzelmann, UFZ

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

09.09.2016 | Press Releases, sDiv, TOP NEWS

Researchers seek explanations for the mystery that is monodominance > more

06.09.2016 | Press Releases, TOP NEWS
European earthworms of the species Lumbricus terrestris (photo: Simone Cesarz).

Burrowing invaders conquest North American forests > more

05.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, Experimental Interaction Ecology
Prof. Henrique M. Pereira, head of “Biodiversity Conservation” Photo: Silvio Bürger

Statements by Henrique M. Pereira > more

05.09.2016 | Press Releases, Biodiversity Conservation
Photo: Raul Ochoa Hueso

new NATURE paper by Harpole et al. > more

25.08.2016 | Press Releases, Physiological Diversity, TOP NEWS

London/Halle (Saale). The consolidation of the agri-food industries with a small numbers of companies which now having unprecedented control of land is a major potential threat to pollinators. But it... > more

25.08.2016 | Research, TOP NEWS

new paper in Nature > more

19.08.2016 | Research, TOP NEWS
Prof. Josef Settele from UFZ and iDiv (Photo: Patrick Mascart).

Prof. Josef Settele is one of three among the world’s most eminent experts on the intersection of nature and human well-being who were selected by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and... > more

15.08.2016 | TOP NEWS, Research

A tree experiment needs some support > more

09.08.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology

new comment in Nature Plants > more

05.08.2016 | TOP NEWS, Research

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04.08.2016 | TOP NEWS

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29.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases
Destroyed tropical forest. Photo: M / pixelio

New publication by iDiv scientist Isabel Rosa > more

28.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation

IPK Researchers have succeeded for the first time in sequencing the genome of Chalcolithic barley grains > more

27.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, Research
Wasps are being infested by parasitoids.

Phylogenetic diversity better predictor than species richness > more

13.07.2016 | iDiv
Max Planck and iDiv scientists discussing at collaboration workshop

Scarce data on the geographical origin of DNA sequences impairs its potential use for phylogeographic research > more

13.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, sDiv

Nineteen young researchers from five continents got together in Leipzig from 19 to 25 July 2016 for the 2nd iDiv Summer School to learn about biodiversity synthesis and integration. Together with... > more

07.07.2016 | yDiv
Blanket Bog of the Flow Country Forsinard (Photo: Eleanor Bentall/

published in Cambridge > more

07.07.2016 | Ecosystem Services
iDiv scientists working in the field. Photo: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv

Financial commitment over the next four years > more

06.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Press Releases

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

04.07.2016 | Press Releases, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS

Tobacco plants which lack the hormones responsible for nicotine production are feasted on by rabbits and other mammals > more

03.07.2016 | TOP NEWS

5 × 15 minutes biodiversity research > more

02.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Molecular Interaction Ecology, Experimental Interaction Ecology

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01.07.2016 | TOP NEWS

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30.06.2016 | TOP NEWS

new paper in Science Advances > more

29.06.2016 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
Bumblebees are common pollinators in cities, a new study found (photo: UFZ).

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

22.06.2016 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, Research

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20.06.2016 | Research

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14.06.2016 | Press Releases, Molecular Interaction Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Experimental Interaction Ecology
General Assembly of iDiv members (photo: Stefan Bernhardt)

On Friday, the iDiv members elected their new speakers at the General Assembly. > more

13.06.2016 | TOP NEWS, iDiv
Gruppenbild mit Bundespräsident: Das Podium des Fachforum „Gemeinsam Wissen schaffen – was ist der Mehrwert von Citizen Science für BürgerInnen, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft?“ Foto: Tilo Arnhold, iDiv

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10.06.2016 | TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services

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08.06.2016 | iDiv

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

04.06.2016 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, Theory in Biodiversity Science
Dr Sabine Matthiä (photo: private)

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

31.05.2016 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, iDiv

The "Welt am Sonntag", a major German newspaper, has published a two-page report on iDiv's canopy crane research in Leipzig. > more

30.05.2016 | TOP NEWS, Research
Participants of the first European Citizen Science Conference in Berlin.

More than 350 participants from 29 countries, more than 100 talks, 99 posters, four discussion forums and more than 3.000 tweets – the first European Citizen Science Conference, which took place in... > more

30.05.2016 | Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS
From left to right: Dietrich Nies, Stanley Harpole, Tiffany Knight, Jonathan Chase, Olaf Christen, Michael Bron. photo: André Künzelmann (UFZ)

This text is only available in German.  > more

27.05.2016 | TOP NEWS, iDiv
Ralf Seppelt and the new yDiv doctoral researchers Felix Gottschall, Claudia Breitkreuz, Johanna Häussler and Maria Sporbert

yDiv welcomes Maria Sporbert (MLU Halle Wittenberg), Claudia Breitkreuz (UFZ Halle), Felix Gottschall (iDiv/UL) and Johanna Häussler (iDiv/FSU) as new yDiv doctoral researchers! They presented their... > more

25.05.2016 | yDiv
Stipendiatentreffen des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD). Foto: DAAD/Michael Jordan

How can we conserve and use biological diversity? This question was discussed ... > more

23.05.2016 | TOP NEWS, Research

new international study published in Science Advances > more

17.05.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Press Releases, TOP NEWS

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12.05.2016 | Research

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

12.05.2016 | Press Releases, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS

Two iDiv members participate > more

12.05.2016 | Research

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04.05.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation

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04.05.2016 | Research

The sDiv Board decided to fund ten working groups, two individual postdoc positions and one sabbatical position. > more

27.04.2016 | sDiv
Solanum dulcamara

Together with colleagues of FU Berlin, PhD student Onno Calf (Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL) and his supervisor Nicole van Dam (Molecular Interaction Ecology iDiv/FSU Jena) discovered that... > more

26.04.2016 | Molecular Interaction Ecology

First beaver sighting for over 70 years using camera traps > more

20.04.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS
Dr. Ainhoa Martinez Medina

Dr. Ainhoa Martinez Medina has been selected as chair of the next Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Plant Volatiles. Gordon Research Seminars are a unique opportunity for early career scientists to... > more

20.04.2016 | Molecular Interaction Ecology

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19.04.2016 | Research
Paul R. Ehrlich (Photo: Paul R. Ehrlich, licensed under a Creative Commons license:

First Annual iDiv Public Lecture by Prof. Paul R. Ehrlich > more

11.04.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv

Current issue of "scientia halensis" now available > more

07.04.2016 | Research, TOP NEWS, Spatial Interaction Ecology
Axel Touw

My name is Axel Touw and I am a MSc student in Plant Sciences at Wageningen UR, with a special interest in plant pathology and entomology. > more

06.04.2016 | Molecular Interaction Ecology

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04.04.2016 | Research

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03.04.2016 | Research
Nico Eisenhauer holds symbolic key for Ecotron hall

Milestone for new iDiv research platform > more

31.03.2016 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Congratulation! sDiv postdoc Dr Juliano Sarmento Cabral accepted the Junior Professorship for Ecosystem Modeling at the Julius Maximilians University Würzburg. The research group is part of the... > more

31.03.2016 | sDiv, TOP NEWS

Importance of climate and sea level changes for biodiversity on islands > more

30.03.2016 | sDiv, Research

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29.03.2016 | Research

Forest homogenisation results in a lower ecosystem performance.  > more

24.03.2016 | Press Releases

Grassland plants grown from regional seed are superior to conspecifics from elsewhere > more

21.03.2016 | Research
Franziska Schreiber

Franziska Schreiber, Biotechnology Bachelor student at the Ernst-Abbe University of Applied Sciences in Jena, is performing an internship of 3 weeks at iDiv. During her time in the MIE group,... > more

21.03.2016 | Molecular Interaction Ecology

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17.03.2016 | Research

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16.03.2016 | Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS

EU horizon 2020 project GLOBIS-B > more

15.03.2016 | GEO BON

Mysterious gaps in vegetation only ever seen in southern Africa until now > more

15.03.2016 | iDiv
Anna von Saal

Anna von Saal, a Bachelor student at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, recently started at iDiv to participate in the "Showcase on Urban Gardening" project. For the coming three months Anna... > more

10.03.2016 | Molecular Interaction Ecology

iDiv scientists involved in both assessments > more

09.03.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, GEO BON
Shadi Al-Schahari

My Name is Shadi Al-Schahari and I am 16 years old. I go to the Wilhelm-Ostwald-Gymnasium in Leipzig, which has an in-depth scientific profile. Within the scope of a school project, I am at iDiv for... > more

07.03.2016 | Molecular Interaction Ecology
Sumatran orangutans, one of the two existing species of orangutans, live exclusively in the North of the Indonesian island Sumatra. © Perry van Duijnhoven

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

04.03.2016 | Press Releases, TOP NEWS
Juliano Sarmento Cabral

Another great contribution to the field of island biogeography. Congrats, Juliano Sarmento Cabral, for co-authoring this interesting paper. > more

03.03.2016 | sDiv
Tapping into belowground communication

Nicole van Dam together with Harro Bouwmeester of Wageningen University the Netherlands, has published a paper in the March 2016 issue of Trends in Plant Science. The review specifies how... > more

02.03.2016 | Molecular Interaction Ecology

Newly discovered stone tool-use behavior and accumulation sites in wild chimpanzees reminiscent to human cairns > more

29.02.2016 | TOP NEWS

current workshop of sDiv > more

29.02.2016 | TOP NEWS
Mahmoud Nazeri

We are happy to welcome Mahmoud Nazeri (University of Tehran; Karaj-Iran) in our group. He will stay for 6 months to work on a project on herbivore-induced plant volatiles. Mahmoud Nazeri did his... > more

24.02.2016 | Molecular Interaction Ecology

DKMS screening (German Bone Marrow Donor Center) on March 5th > more

23.02.2016 | TOP NEWS

The greenhouses of the Botanical Garden of Leipzig University will be transformed into a tropical paradise from February 27 to March 6, 2016. Thousands of orchids that cannot be found in any store -... > more

23.02.2016 | TOP NEWS

sDiv is holding another working group meeting from 22nd to 26th February. > more

23.02.2016 | TOP NEWS
Monthly Journal Club

We are happy to announce that with the beginning of 2016 the Molecular Interaction Ecology group of Prof. Nicole van Dam will meet on a monthly basis to discuss historic, influential and/or recent... > more

23.02.2016 | Molecular Interaction Ecology

Gerd Gleixner, research group head at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and member of iDiv, will receive the Thuringian Research Award in Basic Sciences. In his project "Biodiversity... > more

23.02.2016 | TOP NEWS
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

Carbon dioxide changes community of soil organisms > more

23.02.2016 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases
Oceans theme at "Diversity Counts!" Photo: Sven Tränkner, Senckenberg

Today „Diversity counts! An expedition through biodiversity“ opens its gates at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt > more

17.02.2016 | iDiv
Gärtnerin Katja Kunze an einem  Spezialzelt auf den "Biodiversitätswiesen" beim Bienen zählen. (Foto: Anne Günther/FSU)

Eines der größten und ältesten Biodiversitätsexperimente Europas wird fortgesetzt > more

16.02.2016 | Press Releases

New national consulting centre about wolves > more

15.02.2016 | TOP NEWS

The value of nature > more

14.02.2016 | TOP NEWS

Open until the middle of May in Görlitz > more

13.02.2016 | TOP NEWS

Unicellular microalgae smell dissolved minerals in water > more

13.02.2016 | TOP NEWS

MEP visited the Biotech Campus Gatersleben and discussed with researchers at the IPK > more

12.02.2016 | TOP NEWS

Citizen Science – Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy  > more

11.02.2016 | Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS

Well-known TV journalist is in Leipzig with the WWF Living Planet Report  > more

08.02.2016 | iDiv
Kick-Off Workshop for the feasibility of the "Living Atlas Germany"

Kick-off workshop for the feasibility of a "Living Atlas Germany" took place on January 21./22. in Berlin > more

05.02.2016 | Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation, GEO BON
„Agua Salud“ project in Panama (Photo: Dylan Craven/iDiv)

Nowhere does deforestation occur more rapidly than in the tropics, where humans use the previously forested land for crop production and cattle ranching. If this land is abandoned again, however,... > more

03.02.2016 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Leibniz anniversary year 2016 > more

01.02.2016 | TOP NEWS

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

28.01.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Press Releases

"Natural Capital Germany - TEEB DE" has published it’s study "ecosystem services in rural areas".  > more

27.01.2016 | TOP NEWS

High-level growth for biodiversity research at MLU > more

25.01.2016 | TOP NEWS, Research, Spatial Interaction Ecology

We announce the release of sPlot 2.0 - the global vegetation-plot database. sPlot currently contains >1.1 million plots from 110 source databases originating from all seven continents and a total... > more

22.01.2016 | sDiv

MIE members Nicole van Dam and Ainhoa Martinez-Medina will both speak at the Plant Volatile Gordon Research Seminar ( and Conference... > more

21.01.2016 | Molecular Interaction Ecology

Six iDiv member elected > more

18.01.2016 | Research

Congrats! The sDiv species pool project sREGPOOL published a new paper in Global Ecology and Biogeography. The group shows a very promising way of delineating species pools. A long term problem in... > more

15.01.2016 | sDiv
Prof. Jonathan Chase, Biodiversity Synthesis Research Group

The 2015 list of Highly Cited researchers features Jonathan Chase, along with 6 other iDiv members. > more

15.01.2016 | Biodiversity Synthesis
Photo: Ramesh Laungani, Doane College

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

14.01.2016 | Press Releases

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

13.01.2016 | Press Releases

sDiv has published its new newsletter in December with lots of information on what is going at sDiv - especially the new sDiv call for working groups, postdocs and sabbaticals! Check it out here! > more

05.01.2016 | sDiv
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