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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)
13.03.2019 | iDiv Members, GEO BON, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv, TOP NEWS

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

Data to assess distributions and trends varies vastly among groups of organisms. Many tropical butterflies like the blue-frosted banner (Catonephele numilia) often only have a few records (picture: Walter Jetz).

Developed under the auspices of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)  › more

11.03.2019 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, Macroecology and Society, Media Release
Biodiversity is the theme of the Unibundforum 2019. (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)

This news item is only available in German.  › more

11.03.2019 | iDiv, TOP NEWS
Male chimpanzees of the Rekambo community groom one another. (Picture: Tobias Deschner/Loango Chimpanzee Project)

Human impact reduces the behavioral repertoire of chimpanzees  › more

08.03.2019 | TOP NEWS, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat
Population and economic growth are driving the transformation of diverse natural areas into agricultural land - despite an improved environmental balance of land use. (Picture: guentermanaus –

Population and economic growth offset improvement of environmental balance of land use  › more

04.03.2019 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS
The first global map of species richness of trees, as produced by the new model. It illustrates the number of tree species that can be expected within areas of one hectare. The highest number of tree species (orange to yellow) can be found in the hot, humid tropics. The remaining white spaces are unforested areas. (Picture: Petr Keil and Jonathan Chase)

New statistical model eliminates blank spaces  › more

20.02.2019 | Media Release, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS
Caterpillars of the tobacco hawk moth (<em>Manduca sexta</em>) can tolerate nicotine well, but if their host plant produces other chemical substances, they look for a new feeding place if possible. (Picture: Pia Backmann)

Tobacco plants gain an advantage by the timely sending of hungry caterpillars to the competition  › more

25.01.2019 | Molecular Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Media Release
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 –

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
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