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Biodiversity has been steadily declining not only in reality but also in western literature since industralisation. (Picture: Gabriele Rada / iDiv)
17.09.2021 | Media Release, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv

An extensive analysis of literature suggests that people seem to be increasingly diconnected from nature  › more

The three Minister Presidents and the Secretary-General of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) today opened the new iDiv research building in Leipzig. (Picture: Swen Reichhold/iDiv)

Three state premiers pay tribute to international biodiversity research “made in Central Germany”. German Chancellor sends her congratulations  › more

15.09.2021 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release
Over the last decade, rewilding has emerged as a pragmatic way of restoring natural processes and enabling wildlife to comeback across European landscapes. (Picture: Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe)

Based on a media release by Rewilding Europe Scientists from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and Rewilding Europe…  › more

13.09.2021 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Picture: Staffan Widstrand (Picture: Staffan Widstrand)

Around the world, wildfires are posing major risks to people and nature. Domestic and wild animals can help prevent them  › more

06.09.2021 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services
Chimpanzees are found as four subspecies in 21 African countries from the lowlands to mountainous regions of up to 2800 m altitudes. Their evolution was significantly shaped by the ice ages. (Picture: Pixabay)

New models highlight the important role of glacial refugia for the evolution of chimpanzees  › more

31.08.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, Evolutionary and Anthropocene Ecology, Evolution and Adaptation, TOP NEWS
Healthy, grown-up trees of the original spruce clones used for the starving experiment (left) and experimental set-up used for CO2-starving and analyzing the spruce seedlings (right). (Picture: MPI-BGC)

Spruces even digest parts of themselves during periods of starvation to ensure long-term survival  › more

09.08.2021 | Media Release, iDiv Members, Molecular Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS
Prof Josef Settele (Picture: Björn Kray Iversen)

Taxonomists name a new butterfly genus Setteleia  › more

13.07.2021 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS
Countries like Australia and Indonesia with their large coastlines contribute a great deal to global CO2 storage and thus also to mitigating the costs of climate damage. Economically, however, they hardly benefit from this. The main beneficiaries here are India, China and the USA. (Picture: Bwe)

Climate and ecosystem change lead to a global redistribution of wealth  › more

09.07.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Economics
iDiv scientists investigate global biodiversity change and its consequences. (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)

iDiv research centre to receive additional millions  › more

07.07.2021 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS
The monitoring missions in the FLOW project are supported by the environmental mobiles of Sächsischen Landesstiftung Natur und Umwelt (LaNU). (Picture: Julia von Gönner)

BUND, UFZ and iDiv are starting a citizen science project on stream monitoring  › more

07.07.2021 | Media Release, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members
The artist group nachbars garten (from left to right: Kay Zimmermann, Enne Haehnle, Elisabeth Howey) together with Prof. Nicole van Dam (iDiv, FSU). (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt / iDiv)

The new forecourt of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig invites us to discover, wonder and linger, and arouses interest in the research centre.  › more

07.07.2021 | Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS
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sPlotOpen contains vegetation data from 114 countries of all climate zones  › more

22.06.2021 | sDiv, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Media Release, MLU News
<em>Calopteryx virgo</em> breeds in rivers and streams and has been increasing since 1980 in Germany. This increase is reflecting a recovery from the impacts of past water pollution. (Picture: Andre Günther)

Some dragonfly and damselfly species suffer from habitat loss and degradation, while many species benefit from improved water quality and warmer climate  › more

18.06.2021 | Research, Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Ecosystem Services
(Picture: Gabriele Rada / iDiv)

Exhibition offers insights into the world of plants and their pollinators.  › more

11.06.2021 | iDiv, Spatial Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Global warming is leading to increasing water shortages for animals and plants, including our food and energy crops. (Picture: Bluedesign)

New workshop report on climate and biodiversity offers guidelines for pioneering policies  › more

10.06.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
The specific traits of a plant's roots determine the climatic conditions under which this plant prevails. (Picture: Fly Dragon Fly / Adobe Stock)

New study challenges the nature of ecological trade-offs  › more

09.06.2021 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS, iDiv
Chimpanzees and other African apes could lose up to 94% of their range in the next 30 years. (Picture: Pascal Gagneux/GMERC)

Researchers predict massive decline in the range of African great apes over the next 30 years  › more

07.06.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, Evolutionary and Anthropocene Ecology, TOP NEWS
Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) (Picture: Trevor Fristoe)

Patterns and drivers of alien plant species invasiveness in Europe identified by an international research team  › more

01.06.2021 | Research, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release
The scarce fritillary (<em>Euphydryas maturna</em>) feeds exclusively on ash trees and needs moist, light forests as a habitat. The species scored lowest among the 158 species studied for urban affinity and is likely to continue to decline in Europe. (Picture: Julia Whittman, @birdingjulia CC BY 4.0)

Researchers record adaptability of 158 butterfly species to urbanisation  › more

31.05.2021 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members
A macaque eats a palm oil fruit on the edge of the plantation.  (Picture: Anna Holzner)

Researchers spent months observing groups of southern pig-tailed macaques  › more

19.05.2021 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members
Landscapes such as this multiply used and highly structured agricultural landscape in the Weser Valley, Lower Saxony, fulfil many of the features that are necessary from a scientific perspective. Arable farming, livestock management and biodiversity support each other. (Picture: Sebastian Lakner)

Scientists have made proposals for how EU agriculture could turn the tide in favour of sustainability within the next six years  › more

18.05.2021 | Ecosystem Services, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Summer marine phytoplankton bloom in the Baltic Sea captured by Envisat's MERIS on 13 July 2005. (Picture: ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)

How to measure biodiversity using satellites  › more

13.05.2021 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
The Flora Incognita mobile app can help identify plants in the field. In addition, by gathering information on the locations of identified plant species, valuable datasets are created. (Picture: Jana Wäldchen / MPI-BGC)

Plant occurrence data collected with an app uncovers macroecological patterns in Germany  › more

11.05.2021 | Research, Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv
Study site on the Havel River (Germany), one of 72 field experiments worldwide whose data were included in the synthesis. (Picture: Kristin Ludewig)

Climate change might lead to changes in plant diversity, especially in the world’s drylands  › more

03.05.2021 | Biodiversity Synthesis, Spatial Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members, Physiological Diversity, TOP NEWS, UFZ News
The contribution of tree plantations to biodiversity conservation is limited. (Picture: J. C. Lobo / Adobe Stock)

Plantations are home to significantly less beetles than old-growth forests.  › more

27.04.2021 | Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS
Plant roots with associated mycorrhizal fungi. (Picture: Super Organism, visual artist Suzette Bousema)

Award will give research collaboration with iDiv an extra boost.  › more

12.04.2021 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Rice field in Sumatra. (Picture: Nico Boersen, Pixabay)

Based on a media release of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Gland (Switzerland). Ensuring sustainability of crop and timber production would mitigate the greatest drivers…  › more

08.04.2021 | iDiv, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, Research, TOP NEWS
Especially in regions that are particularly affected by climate change, studies are often missing, for example in the mountains. The American yellow-bellied marmot is one of the few mammals for which the researchers were able to find relevant data. (Picture: Ben Hulsey)

Even with well-studied species groups such as mammals, there are huge data gaps  › more

07.04.2021 | sDiv, Media Release, iDiv Members, Spatial Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS
&nbsp;The higher the number of plant and bird species in a region, the healthier the people who live there. Researchers also showed a positive relation of nearby parks and green space and mental health.&nbsp; (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt / iDiv)

Study on species diversity and human health in Germany shows positive relation on mental health, but no links to physical health.  › more

31.03.2021 | iDiv, yDiv, TOP NEWS, Research, Media Release
Short-lived plant species like grasses and herbs (here <em>Arabis fecunda</em>) are likely to suffer much more from future climatic change than long-lived species - less due to higher temperatures, but rather from a lack of water. (Picture: Radmila Savkovic on Pixabay)

Researchers investigate for the first time on a global scale how plant populations react to climate change  › more

23.03.2021 | Spatial Interaction Ecology, sDiv, iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS
The genome of the crop plant barley consists of about five billion nucleotides. When the international research team led by the IPK compared the different assemblies to each other, the HiFi assembly performed best. (Picture: Eva Siebenhühner/IPK)

New publication by iDiv member at IPK Leibniz Institute  › more

17.03.2021 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members
Chimpanzees recorded by a PanAf camera trap. As the animals were not habituated to human presence, scat samples were used as sources of DNA for the study. (Picture: PanAf/MPI-EVA)

A new large-scale study uncovers recent genetic connectivity between chimpanzee subspecies despite past isolation events  › more

05.03.2021 | Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members
Observing animals obviously belongs to those ecosystem services that directly depend on the presence of species. However, these species provide a number of other services, such as pest control, seed dispersal, etc. (Picture: Pixabay)

Biodiversity doesn’t feature enough in large-scale assessments of ecosystem services  › more

05.03.2021 | Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Changes in microbial diversity in soils may affect important ecosystem functions like nutrient cycles. (Picture: S. Piyaset - AdobeStock)

Global change alters microbial life in soils - and thereby its ecological functions  › more

24.02.2021 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Media Release
Plant responses to climate are more complex than previously appreciated (Picture: David Mark, Pixabay)

Climate drivers outside of the growing season may have stronger effects on plants than previously assumed.  › more

22.02.2021 | iDiv, Spatial Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS
Some springtail species can endure antarctic cold down to -30&deg;C.&nbsp; (Picture: Andy Murray)

Researchers show that species' ability to adapt to climate warming is not unlimited  › more

22.02.2021 | sDiv, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS
Asia&rsquo;s third biggest river, the Siberian Lena River, is 4,294 kilometres long, and has a drainage basin of 2,490,000 square kilometres.  (Picture: Pixabay)

Report by Dr Stefano Larsen, Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy Trento/Leipzig/Seattle. The conservation and restoration of highly branched river courses can help to curb the extinction of fish species.…  › more

15.02.2021 | sDiv, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Theory in Biodiversity Science
Urban parks and their biological diversity contribute to our health and wellbeing, e.g. by reducing our stress level. (Picture: Foto: Stefan Bernhardt)

Biodiversity contributes to human health via four domains of pathways – both beneficial and harmful  › more

09.02.2021 | Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members
Franziska Bucher and Christine R&ouml;mermann investigate ageing processes in plants. (Picture: Anne Günther (Universität Jena))

Biologists study autumn phenology of herbaceous plants  › more

26.01.2021 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS
The global biodiversity strategy is currently being renegotiated (here at the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Feb. 2020 in Rome) (Picture: IISD/Mike Muzurakis (

Researchers propose necessary corrections in global biodiversity policy  › more

26.01.2021 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Biodiversity Conservation
High density of street trees in cities (like here in Leipzig City centre) may help to improve mental health as well as local climate, air quality and species richness. (Picture: Philipp Kirschner)

Researchers show positive effect of urban nature on mental health  › more

25.01.2021 | Media Release, iDiv Members, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS
Earthworms are the architects of the soil. They mix the soil layers, form a network of burrows essential for soil water, air and nutrient dynamics, and decompose dead material. (Picture: Valentin Gutekunst)

Researchers call for greater consideration of soil biodiversity and functions in international conservation strategies  › more

14.01.2021 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, GEO BON, Media Release, iDiv Members
The Leipzig floodplain forest has been cut off from its natural water supply for over 80 years. The increasing drought caused by global warming is gradually causing the ecosystem to collapse. The state of Saxony is now planning a large-scale revitalisation. (Picture: André Künzelmann/UFZ)

iDiv-Forum 2021 (video conference), Monday, 11 January, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  › more

04.01.2021 | TOP NEWS, iDiv
The study shows that even species that are considered widespread, such as the corn poppy (<em>Papaver rhoeas</em>), are steadily declining in Germany. (Picture: Sebastian Lakner)

Most comprehensive evaluation of the occurrence of vascular plants in Germany to date  › more

14.12.2020 | sDiv, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Prof Nico Eisenhauer (Picture: Christian Hüller)

Most important German research award  › more

10.12.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
Also the robin <em>(Erithacus rubecula)</em> contributes to this: According to the study, ten percent more bird species in the surrounding area increase the feeling of happiness as much as a comparable increase in income. (Picture: Senckenberg)

Study shows: Happier people often congregate in environments with many bird species  › more

03.12.2020 | yDiv, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members
Leipzig is host to the oldest botanical garden in Germany. On an area of only three hectares, around 6500 of the 350,000 plant species worldwide grow here. (Picture: Swen Reichhold)

City could become a global reference for plant biodiversity researchers  › more

26.11.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members
EuropaBON is supposed to bring together a wide range of different actors in a network across Europe. This involves monitoring data from volunteer ornithologists to remote sensing data. (Picture: S. Kadrijevic - AdobeStock)

Information system on Europe’s biodiversity and ecosystems for policy makers  › more

26.11.2020 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS
The drought of the last three years has favoured fungal diseases. In Leipzig's floodplain forests, ash and sycamore maple in particular are currently dying off. Even the English oak is already affected. (Picture: André Künzelmann/UFZ)

Experts from research, authorities and NGOs develop a common vision and evaluate possible measures  › more

23.11.2020 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS
(Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)

12 iDiv members named Highly Cited Researchers  › more

19.11.2020 | TOP NEWS
Diverse plant communities provide multiple benefits and can help control herbivore pests. (Picture: Anne Ebeling)

Species-rich plant communities help to naturally reduce herbivore impacts.  › more

06.11.2020 | Theory in Biodiversity Science, iDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Research, TOP NEWS
Lemurs exclusively appear in Madagascar. This red-fronted lemur mainly feeds on fruits. (Picture: Omer Nevo)

New iDiv research group investigates communication between plants and animals  › more

29.10.2020 | Media Release, Evolutionary Ecology, TOP NEWS
Bog complex of living and stagnant (foreground) raised bog with interspersed open water areas (called bog hollows, centre of picture) (Picture: Thomas Sperle)

Due to rising temperatures and longer dry periods, two plant species have already gone extinct.  › more

28.10.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, sDiv
The participation of expert volunteers in Citizen Science projects (here at the Butterfly Monitoring Germany, a project of the UFZ) is a fundamental pillar of biodiversity monitorings in Germany, especially for species groups such as butterflies, beetles, hoverflies or cicadas. (Picture: André Künzelmann/UFZ)

Integration of contributors promotes the quantity and quality of data  › more

27.10.2020 | Ecosystem Services, sDiv, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, Media Release, TOP NEWS
Extensive grassland site in Hainich, Germany. Low intensity management grasslands maintain strong synergies between specialized species and functions and supply a more distinct set of ecosystem services than high intensity grasslands. (Picture: Michael Bonkowski)

A first assessment of the effects of land management on the linkages between biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services  › more

26.10.2020 | Media Release, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS
The research team used the iDiv Ecotron, where identical climatic situations can be simulated in artificial ecosystems and observed with cameras. (Picture: iDiv)

Research group of iDiv and Jena University uses novel research method to study effect of insect decline on plant biodiversity  › more

26.10.2020 | iDiv, Research, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology
New study outlines the scientific basis for redesigning a new set of biodiversity goals. (Picture: Pixabay)

New publication in Science with iDiv contribution  › more

23.10.2020 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release
In Germany, biodiversity in the agricultural landscape has declined. (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)

Position paper with participation of iDiv scientists  › more

19.10.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members
The research team&rsquo;s experiments took place at locations such as the Saaleaue, where the Jena Experiment on functional biodiversity research is running. (Picture: Nico Eisenhauer)

Biodiversity experiment provides new insights into the relationship between plant traits and ecosystem functions  › more

07.10.2020 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Media Release
Microscopic images from pollen, which are important for pollinators, obtained by image-based particle analysis. Each row shows a single pollen grain of a specific plant with a normal microscopic image (first image on the left) and fluorescence images for different spectral ranges (colored images on the right). (Picture: Susanne Dunker)

New method developed at UFZ and iDiv combines image-based particle analysis with artificial intelligence  › more

06.10.2020 | TOP NEWS, Media Release
Flower-rich meadow at a park in Leipzig, Germany. (Picture: Gabriele Rada / iDiv)

Data collected at species-rich sites may lead to the wrong conclusions on overall trends  › more

29.09.2020 | Biodiversity Synthesis, iDiv, Media Release, Research, TOP NEWS
<em>Gymnadenia conopsea</em> is common in Northern Europe, but can also be found in Central Europa. The orchid-rich semi-natural grasslands of the Czech Republic are among the most species-rich plant communities in Europe. (Picture: Tiffany Knight)

New automated method quickly and accurately reveals which species are most threatened  › more

28.09.2020 | Spatial Interaction Ecology, Evolution and Adaptation, sDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv
Old beech: Primary forests are crucial for biodiversity conservation and store high quantities of carbon in biomass, therefore helping to mitigate climate change. (Picture: Tzvetan Zlatanov)

First international assessment of the protection state of mostly ‘untouched’ forests in Europe  › more

15.09.2020 | Research, TOP NEWS, Media Release
A young chimpanzee feeds on seed pods in the Issa valley, Tanzania. (Picture: R. Drummond-Clarke/GMERC)

Both historical and recent variation in ecological and environmental conditions are associated with larger behavioural repertoires in wild chimpanzees  › more

14.09.2020 | Media Release, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, TOP NEWS
Natural habitats that support high biodiversity are increasingly under pressure from agricultural land use. (Picture: Juan Carlos Munoz / Adobe Stocks)

How biodiversity could be preserved globally without sacrificing necessary production output  › more

09.09.2020 | Media Release, Macroecology and Society, TOP NEWS
Dr Martin Mascher, former head of the iDiv Junior Research Group "Domestication Genomics" (Picture: IPK/ Andreas Bähring)

Based on a media release by the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) Gatersleben: Great success for iDiv Junior Research Group head Dr Martin Mascher. The 34 years old…  › more

03.09.2020 | iDiv, Domestication Genomics, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members
Schwebfliege. Zusammen mit den Wildbienen sind sie die wichtigsten Best&auml;uber unserer Bl&uuml;tenpflanzen.&nbsp; (Picture: Willibald Lang / Flickr)

Nature conservation policy too rarely succeeds in changing people's behaviour  › more

01.09.2020 | Ecosystem Services, Media Release, UFZ News, TOP NEWS
Wildlife watching can be highly an emotional and educational experience. While scientific studies up to the year 2000 examined solely negative effects of interactions between humans and wild animals, more and more analyses now capture the positive effects on humans. (Picture: Jula Zimmermann)

Report by Joel Methorst (iDiv, Senckenberg, Goethe University Frankfurt), yDiv doctoral researcher Leipzig, Frankfurt. Non-material contributions of wildlife (WCP) to human well-being are gaining…  › more

31.08.2020 | Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, yDiv
Leipzig's floodplain forest is one of the largest auf its kind in Central Europe. But drought, climate change and human intervention are putting it under huge pressure. (Picture: Tabea Turrini / iDiv)

Environmental Ministry of Saxony and City of Leipzig agree on measures to improve state of Leipzig’s floodplain forest  › more

28.08.2020 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Rope bridges can effectively help primates to cross transportation or service corridors. Colobus monkey (Colobus angolensis palliatus) in Diani, Kenya. (Picture: Andrea Donaldson / Colobus Conservation)

Evidence-based conservation is key to curb primate population declines  › more

26.08.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, Biodiversity Conservation
Aerial view of the Jena Experiment. (Picture: Jena Experiment)

Findings from experimental sites are reliable.  › more

24.08.2020 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Research, iDiv
Buff-tailed bumblebee (<em>Bombus terrestris</em>) (Picture: Wilhelm Osterman)

New study suggests it does, making them better pollinators, too.  › more

17.08.2020 | iDiv, Research, MLU News, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members
So-called "algal blooms" are the result of a nutrient entering the aquatic system, e.g. a lake, and causing excessive growth of algae. (Picture: Adobe Stock)

Umfangreiche Datenanalyse zeigt: Schwellenwerte aus Umweltdaten kaum ablesbar.  › more

17.08.2020 | MLU News, iDiv Members, iDiv, UFZ News, Physiological Diversity, Research, TOP NEWS
A pollen supplementation experiment where a naturally pollinated flower is compared to a hand-supplemented flower. (Picture: Amibeth Thompson)

Highly specialised plants particularly at risk.  › more

10.08.2020 | Spatial Interaction Ecology, Media Release, iDiv, UFZ News, TOP NEWS, sDiv, Research, MLU News
Biodiversity loss has detrimental effects on ecosystem processes. Soil chemicals decimate plant decomposers, which inhibits their ecosystem function. This interrupts the nutrient cycle, for instance. (Picture: Léa Beaumelle)

Diversity of soil organisms has key role in the carbon cycle.  › more

04.08.2020 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS
Nematodes are very small, microscopic worms that can be found in soils almost all over the world.&nbsp; (Picture: Andy Murray)

Only few studies investigate soil biodiversity in tropical and subtropical regions.  › more

03.08.2020 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS, MLU News, Research, iDiv
The project "VielFalterGarten" will start with workshops on the different butterfly species that can be found in Leipzig. (Picture: Guy Peer)

Citizen Science Project "VielFalterGarten" offers workshops in Leipzig  › more

03.08.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, UFZ News, iDiv
Aerial photo of a forest patch in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest surrounded by sugar cane. (Picture: Mateus Dantas de Paula)

New international research breaks ground for the next generation of biodiversity forcasts.  › more

29.07.2020 | Research, Biodiversity Synthesis, MLU News, TOP NEWS, UFZ News, Spatial Interaction Ecology, Media Release, iDiv
Climate change and land use reduce the biomass of soil animals. While changing climate reduces the body size of organisms, cultivation reduces their frequency. (Picture: Lisa Vogel / UFZ (illustration))

As a result of climate change, soil animals are getting smaller, and their numbers are falling due to intensive land use  › more

28.07.2020 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, UFZ News, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members
To make wildlife trade more sustainable, it is essential to know and understand the reasons why people hunt and consume bushmeat. (Picture: Wild Chimpanzee Foundation)

Disease prevention and protection of species require differentiated strategies.  › more

17.07.2020 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Research, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat
The collaborative project of young researchers and artists from Leipzig shows that there is much more to pollination than the story of flowers and bees. (Picture: iDiv / G. Rada)

New exhibition at the Botanical Garden of Leipzig University now open to the public.  › more

17.07.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Spatial Interaction Ecology, iDiv
Water hyacinth <em>(Eichhornia crassipes)</em> invasion in the Hartbeespoort reservoir in South Africa. Introduced as an ornamental plant it has become invasive across all continents except Antarctica. The plant alters local water flow, community composition and provides habitats for mosquitos that act as a major vector of diseases (Picture: Olga Ernst, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Alien species dramatically contribute to future biodiversity loss  › more

14.07.2020 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS
The space of the root economy comprises two independent gradients. The expression of a plant's roots depends on how the respective species has strategically aligned itself in the course of evolution with regard to these two gradients. A 'fast' or 'slow' economic strategy within the construction gradient is found in roots as well as in above-ground leaves and shoots. The collaboration gradient, on the other hand, only exists underground: do-it-yourself roots are comparatively thin and long to absorb as many nutrients as possible from the soil, while outsourcing roots are thicker to accommodate the symbiotic fungi. (Picture: Authors of the study)

International group of researchers with iDiv participation describes the growth strategies of plant roots  › more

03.07.2020 | sDiv, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS
(Picture: J. P. Kasper)

iDiv researchers to play a leading role in setting up National Research Data Infrastructure  › more

03.07.2020 | iDiv, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Informatics Unit (BDU)
The North American Raccoon (<em>Procyon lotor</em>) is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. (Picture: André Künzelmann)

A contribution to "World scientists’ warning to humanity: a second notice"  › more

29.06.2020 | iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, UFZ News
Ongoing forest loss is transforming ecosystems around the world, leading to diverse biodiversity change from gains to losses in different animals and plants. (Picture: Malkolm Boothroyd)

New international research reveals the far-reaching impacts of forest cover loss on global biodiversity.  › more

18.06.2020 | Media Release, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, MLU News, Research, iDiv
Safety signs in Leipzig City Park in March (Picture: Gabriele Rada)

iDiv economists combine epidemiological model with survey data for the first time  › more

15.06.2020 | Biodiversity Economics, TOP NEWS
Register now for the Citizen Science Dialogue Forum! (Picture: Florian Pappert -

Online forum to further develop citizen science strategy in Germany  › more

04.06.2020 | iDiv, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS, Media Release
The black-veined white <em>(Aporia crataegi)</em> is a widespread butterfly found in very variable habitats. It is one of the few butterfly species to benefit from Natura 2000 conservation areas. (Picture: Martin Musche)

Only a few butterfly species appear to benefit from Natura 2000 conservation areas  › more

25.05.2020 | TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services, UFZ News, Media Release, iDiv Members
In these times of human retreat, we get a glimpse of how much nature the upcoming UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration can bring us. (Picture: AB Photography/

A comment by Prof Dr Henrique Pereira  › more

20.05.2020 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS

You are invited to submit your abstract by 15 May 2020 for the GEO BON Open Science Conference & All Hands Meeting 2020.   › more

11.05.2020 | GEO BON, TOP NEWS
Species-rich rainforest of Mount Halimun Salak National Park, Java, Indonesia. (Picture: Leipzig University / Alexandra Muellner-Riehl)

New approach to phylogenetically guided drug discovery  › more

11.05.2020 | Media Release, iDiv, iDiv Members, Research, TOP NEWS
Mid- and high-latitude ecosystems from the Northern Hemisphere are some of the ecosystems expected to be more affected by the increases in pathogen proportions. The picture shows forests in the west of the USA.&nbsp; (Picture: Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo)

Scientists develop global map of future risk areas for plant diseasesBased on a media release by Pablo de Olavide University Sevilla Sevilla / Leipzig / Halle. Global warming will increase the…  › more

11.05.2020 | sDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, Media Release
In warmer marine areas, like in Huinay Research Station (Chile), increases in the number of species were more pronounced. (Picture: Laura Antão)

New international research reveals warming in temperate regions leads to species gains at sea, but not on land.  › more

04.05.2020 | Media Release, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, MLU News, Research, iDiv
The global number of land-dwelling insects is in decline. (Picture: Gabriele Rada)

Global insect populations show highly variable local trends.  › more

24.04.2020 | sDiv, Media Release, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS
While some small-ranged species have disappeared, widespread, nitrogen-loving, and occasionally exotic species are on the rise. (Picture: Martin Adámek / Czech Academy of Sciences)

More nitrogen in the soil: common plant species on the rise  › more

13.04.2020 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv, MLU News, Research, sDiv, TOP NEWS
Around 300 tree species grow in 50 hectares of old-growth forest at Barro Colorado Island, Panama.&nbsp; (Picture: Christian Ziegler)

New method enables predictions for the development of species-rich forests  › more

09.04.2020 | Media Release, iDiv, Computational Forest Ecology, Research, TOP NEWS
Cocoa plantation in West Africa (Picture: Janina Kleemann)

Study evaluates and quantifies ecosystem service flows  › more

30.03.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services, sDiv, UFZ News
Restoring ecosystems through rewilding allows wildlife to return. (Picture: Stefano Unterthiner / Rewilding Europe)

Scientists and NGOs present policy papers.  › more

18.03.2020 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS
Arctic plant life is found at the cold climate extremes of the planet. (Picture: Sandra Angers-Blondin)

Plants growing at extremes follow the global rules  › more

13.03.2020 | iDiv, Research, TOP NEWS, sDiv, Media Release
Geographic region of each Anthropogenic Threat Complex (ATC). Each colour refers to a different ATC. The legend provides information on the magnitude of climate change and non-climatic drivers (human-use, pollution, alien species potential and human population) within each ATC. ATCs in different realms (marine or terrestrial) with similar magnitudes of climate change and non-climatic drivers are coloured in the same shade. (Picture: People and Nature , First published: 27 February 2020, DOI: (10.1002/pan3.10071)

Report by Diana Bowler, postdoctoral researcher at the Ecosystem Services group at iDiv, FSU resp. UFZ and first author of a new publications in 'people and nature' Leipzig. An important step in…  › more

12.03.2020 | sDiv, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services
Cluster analysis of keywords from 190 peer‐reviewed publications using plant trait data via TRY. The size of the circles and letters indicates the frequency of the keywords, colours indicate the eight clusters around the central keywords. (Picture: Global Change Biology, First published: 31 December 2019, DOI: (10.1111/gcb.14904))

On February 29, the number of 1 billion trait records delivered by iDiv’s research platform TRY was cracked. Founded in 2007 this open-access database has become the primary resource of plant…  › more

09.03.2020 | iDiv, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS
A structurally rich landscape is pleasing to the eye, promotes biodiversity and also benefits farmers. (Picture: Sebastian Lakner)

Common Agricultural Policy reform: More than 3,600 researchers call for science to be taken into consideration  › more

03.03.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services, iDiv
Chimpanzee (<em>Pan troglodytes</em>) feeding on a wild date palm (<em>Phoenix reclinata</em>). (Picture: M. McLennan / Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project)

Colourful fruits may be the reason why primates can distinguish between shades of red, green and blue.  › more

26.02.2020 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Research, Evolution and Adaptation
Dryland ecosystem in Argentinian Patagonia (Picture: Juan José Gaitán, INTA (Argentina))

As aridity increases, dryland ecosystems undergo abrupt changes that will reduce their capacity to provide important ecosystem services.  › more

14.02.2020 | Research, iDiv, Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS
A greening Tundra landscape on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island (Canadian Arctic). (Picture: Jeffrey Kerby / National Geographic Society)

Causes of greening process more complex and variable than previously thought  › more

31.01.2020 | iDiv, Research, TOP NEWS, sDiv, Media Release
In cities, the dominant pollinators are bumble bees. (Picture: Christian Müller)

Plants benefit from more bees, especially bumble bees  › more

29.01.2020 | yDiv, iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS
European Peacock (<em>Aglais io</em>) (Picture: Guy Pe'er)

About the connection between insect decline, agricultural policy and our own consumption.  › more

23.01.2020 | iDiv, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Around carrion sites plant nutrient levels are enhanced. (Picture: Roel van Klink)

Scientists reveal the ecological importance of carion  › more

22.01.2020 | sDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Natural grazing is a key ecological process that helps a myriad of species of half-open landscapes, and supports natural and mosaic forest landscapes less prone to fire. (Picture: Juan Carolos Muñoz Robredo / Rewilding Europe)

The rewilding of European ecosystems can help to tackle both the current climate and biodiversity emergencies.  › more

17.01.2020 | Media Release, iDiv, MLU News, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS
Dragonflies are one of the species groups studied in the sMon project. The photo shows the four-spotted chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata. (Picture: Yuanyuan Huang)

Project brings together experts from all over Germany  › more

13.01.2020 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, sDiv
Marine protected areas are often designed and implemented to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries. (Picture: PIXELIO / Klaus Steves)

Marine protected areas in the Mediterranean Sea are home to more fish species, with the greatest gains found among species most sensitive to exploitation.  › more

07.01.2020 | iDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, Research, Media Release
Invasive species are a common problem in restoration projects.

This text is only available in German.  › more

01.01.2020 | Media Release, MLU News, Research, Spatial Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS
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