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Colourful fruits may be the reason why primates can distinguish red, green and blue colours.
As aridity increases, dryland ecosystems undergo abrupt changes that will reduce their capacity to provide important ecosystem services.
Causes of greening process more complex and variable than previously thought
Plants benefit from more bees, especially bumble bees
About the connection between insect decline, agricultural policy and our own consumption.
Scientists reveal the ecological importance of carion
The rewilding of European ecosystems can help to tackle both the current climate and biodiversity emergencies.
Project brings together experts from all over Germany
Marine protected areas in the Mediterranean Sea are home to more fish species, with the greatest gains found among species most sensitive to exploitation.
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Scientists from iDiv, UFZ and Leipzig University discuss conservation management
To save biodiversity, the major global challenges should be tackled now
Researchers assess direct and indirect effects of urban growth on a global scale.
Narratives have functions and can be explained in a (simple) model
Although local plant diversity increases over time, plant productivity does not significantly recover from agricultural use.
10 iDiv members named Highly Cited Researchers
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Global climate change could alter earthworm communities worldwide.
Considered an oil palm pest, macaques can in fact diminish a more severe pest: rats
Researchers map types and rates of biodiversity change.
On 15 October 2019, MDR TV broadcasted a beautiful documentary on the Leipzig botanical garden, the oldest botanical garden in Germany. You will see our iDiv gardener Alvin, our former gardener…
Where people’s needs for nature are greatest, nature’s ability to meet those needs is declining
Game of chance experiment: In a relationship with an unpopular regulator, the truth is somewhat elastic.
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft grants 5 million euros for novel approach to investigate mechanisms underlying biodiversity and ecosystem functions at Jena Experiment
iDiv postdoctoral researcher Martin Volf received an Alexander von Humboldt Return Fellowship to continue his research on chemical defence mechanisms of trees against herbivorous insects. Volf has…
iDiv scientists call for action to tackle climate and biodiversity change.
Most experiments do not correspond to projected climate scenarios
Recent study proves: Forests that are more diverse are also more productive and more resilient
Rebekka Sontowski (iDiv, FSU) honored for her outreach activities of the MIE group
The 5th iDiv Summer School on “Citizen Science – Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy” took place from 21 to 28 August 2019
iDiv researchers calculated the economic value of local fisheries and the impact of fishing agreements and climate change
Open-access journal follows exceptionally fair approach
Researchers analyse EU Commission reform plans for the CAP
With increasingly isolated habitats, complex food webs are deconstructed from top to bottom.
International research team investigates mechanisms of forest biodiversity in Hawaiian archipelago
Media release by the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Joint media release by the State Ministries of Science of Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt
Fredd Vergara (right), postdoctoral researcher at Molecular Interaction Ecology and EcoMetEoR, received the 2019 Metabolites Travel Awards sponsored by MDPI Metabolites for his presentation at the…
Media release by the Saxon State Ministry of Finance
They activate a specific cell receptor
From 24 May to 1 September the Botanical Garden of the University of Jena presents “Garten findet Stadt”, an exhibition on urban gardening.
Predators play key role in the stability of ecosystems
Martin Quaas gave inaugural lecture for his new iDiv professorship
World Biodiversity Council IPBES presents long-awaited Global Assessment.
Restoration success depends on regeneration potentials
The prize, endowed with 1,000.00 euros ...
Data bases often underfunded
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UFZ study reveals link between increasing yields and biodiversity
Soil activity decreases nevertheless
New puzzle piece in scientific debate
Halle, Leipzig, Göttingen. The more plant species live in grasslands and forests, the more insect species find a habitat there. However, the presence of more plant species does not only increase…
For outstanding achievements in basic research
Also in neighbouring habitat patches species are lost
First Europe-wide study relating population trends of birds to their diet
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…
Developed under the auspices of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)
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Human impact reduces the behavioral repertoire of chimpanzees
The new building will be complete by March 2020.
Population and economic growth offset improvement of environmental balance of land use
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New statistical model eliminates blank spaces
Document calls for the involvement of all relevant players
Award of the Research Academy Leipzig
Tobacco plants gain an advantage by the timely sending of hungry caterpillars to the competition
More living organisms on our bodies and in our homes could help in combatting diseases - if we let them live