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In the experiment, extensively managed grasslands were either moderately mown or grazed by sheep (photo: Julia Siebert).

Soil activity decreases nevertheless  › more

11.04.2019 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members
The global distribution of the match of biodiversity above the ground (mammals, birds, amphibians and plants) and below (soil invertebrates, fungi and bacteria). Dark areas have high biodiversity above and in the soil; light yellow areas have high above-ground biodiversity but low diversity in the soil; blue areas have low above-ground biodiversity, but species-rich soil communities; and light areas are species-poor above and below the soil surface. (Picture: Conservation Biology)

Research team evaluates global biodiversity data – with surprising resultsLeipzig. After conducting comprehensive studies, an international team of researchers led by Leipzig University and the iDiv…  › more

13.03.2019 | iDiv Members, GEO BON, Biodiversity Conservation, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS
Cleaning surfaces with disinfectants disturbs the natural species composition of the microorganisms present. Individual species can profit from this and reproduce strongly. This could even favour the spread and establishment of pathogens. (Picture: nakedking – stock.adobe.com)

More living organisms on our bodies and in our homes could help in combatting diseases - if we let them live  › more

21.01.2019 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, sDiv
Original illustration of the article in Frontiers for Young Minds (picture: Frontiers for Young Minds).

iDiv scientists explain research on tropical arthropods in journal for young readers  › more

23.12.2018 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
The Jena experiment, a grassland biodiversity experiment in Germany. Photo: Anne Ebeling, FSU

Study from 39 grassland experiments published in Nature Ecology and Evolution  › more

27.08.2018 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, sDiv
Oribatid mite of the Euphthiracaridae family. These mites travel alive in the gut of slugs. (Picture: Andy Murray)

Newly discovered dispersal strategy for mites  › more

04.07.2018 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
Mites and pauropods are common animals in the soil, but data on their diversity is lacking. (Photo: Andy Murray)

Data on soil biodiversity is lacking from large regions of the world, new sDiv study finds.  › more

05.06.2018 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
Woodlice are important detrivores in the soil. (Picture: Sarah Zieger)

Study questions assumptions on mechanisms underlying warming feedback.  › more

21.12.2017 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS
The „Jena Experiment“ (Photo: Christoph Scherber)

Media release about the ‘Jena Experiment’  › more

28.11.2017 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
Heating elements used to warm one of the forest plots in Minnesota, U.S.A. Plots are also warmed belowground using heating cables (photo: Benjamin Schwarz).

... and even more so when tree logging and drought occur at the same time  › more

10.11.2017 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Theory in Biodiversity Science
Grassland and forest biodiversity experiments: grassland experiment from the Jena Biodiversity experiment (Germany, left) and  forest experiment from the Sardinilla Experiment (Panama, right). Photos: Anja Vogel (FSU Jena) & Nathaly R. Guerrero-Ramírez (iDiv/ Leipzig University)

new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution  › more

10.10.2017 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS
Participants of the summer school during an excursion to the Bad Lauchstädt field site (photo: Volker Hahn).

From 3-15 September, the 3rd iDiv Summer School 2017 on “Synthesising and modelling biodiversity data” took place.  › more

15.09.2017 | TOP NEWS, yDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology

paper of iDiv summer school published  › more

04.09.2017 | yDiv, iDiv, Research, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS
Experimental meadow plots with heating lamps (photo: Jacob Miller).

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

14.07.2017 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release

Exploring different aspects of biodiversity  › more

16.06.2017 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv

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

17.05.2017 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS
The larger prey species used in the experiment, the springtail Folsomia candida (Photo: Andy Murray).

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

06.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology
The predatory soil centipedes can be found worldwide (Photo: Sarah Zieger).

In a commentary in Nature Ecology and Evolution, scientists from iDiv and Leipzig University call for initiatives to fill knowledge gaps  › more

24.03.2017 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
The Jena Experiment. Photo: Christoph Scherber

This text is only available in German.  › more

03.02.2017 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
Researchers during field work on the experimental field site of the Jena Experiment (Photo: Annette Gockele).

2-day symposium, February 7th - 8th 2017 at the Volksbad, Jena, Germany.   › more

17.11.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS
Smallholder's  farm with recently planted oil palms (photo: Andrew Barnes).

Smallholder-dominated agricultural landscapes are often assumed to harbour a relatively high biodiversity. A new study contradicts this view.   › more

11.11.2016 | TOP NEWS, Theory in Biodiversity Science, Experimental Interaction Ecology

New paper in „New Phytologist“  › more

21.09.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS

A tree experiment needs some support  › more

09.08.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology

5 × 15 minutes biodiversity research  › more

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

new paper in Science Advances  › more

29.06.2016 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology

This text is only available in German.  › more

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

new international study published in Science Advances  › more

17.05.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS
Nico Eisenhauer holds symbolic key for Ecotron hall

Milestone for new iDiv research platform  › more

31.03.2016 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
„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

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

28.01.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release
According a new study, inter-annual variation in climate has stronger effects on predators such as spiders than populations of their detritivorous prey, such as isopods.

Leipzig. Elevated concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide enhance photosynthesis and plant growth. Although these growth effects can be sustained in the long term, the magnitude of effects…  › more

10.12.2015 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release
(Photo: M. Grossmann / pixelio.de)

Can biodiversity help protect ecosystems in unusual climatic events? Given the continued extinction of species and climate-change associated with increasingly extreme and sudden changes in the…  › more

15.10.2015 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, sDiv

The Jena Experiment, one of the longest running grassland biodiversity experiments worldwide has now been evaluated for the sixth time. In September, an evaluation committee visited the Jena…  › more

13.10.2015 | iDiv, Research, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Anthropogenic environmental change is widely recognized as the key driver of biodiversity change globally  › more

29.07.2015 | Experimental Interaction Ecology

Managing soil carbon dynamics in the changing world is one of the main climate change mitigation priorities. The pivotal role of soil microorganisms in regulating soil carbon dynamics is widely…  › more

01.07.2015 | yDiv, Research, Experimental Interaction Ecology

A new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity — the variety of organisms living on earth — is even more important to the healthy functioning of…  › more

24.04.2015 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology
Experimental plots of the trait-based biodiversity experiment, established in 2010 in the framework of the Jena Experiment.

This text is only available in German.  › more

24.04.2015 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology

A new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity — the variety of organisms living on earth — is even more important to the healthy functioning of…  › more

24.04.2015 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv, Research

More carbon is stored in ecosystems with extensive plant diversity due to the increased activity of the soil microbes therein.  › more

07.04.2015 | iDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology

A recent study by iDiv scientists has revealed the important influence of plant community composition to soil resource availability. Lead author of the study is Madhav P. Thakur, a doctoral…  › more

16.03.2015 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, yDiv

Flooded Jena Experiment in June 2013  › more

20.01.2015 | iDiv, Research, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Not in all cases where nature and biodiversity conservation is intended, species protection is the outcome. The potential contribution of forest conservation areas to avoid species losses is very…  › more

27.11.2014 | iDiv, Research, Experimental Interaction Ecology
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