News Archive 2016

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A new global map of roadless areas shows that the Earth’s surface is shattered by roads into more than 600,000 fragments.  › more

22.12.2016 | TOP NEWS
Cover of the GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks (Source: GEO BON).

A practical guide for all stakeholders concerned with biodiversity monitoring.  › more

19.12.2016 | TOP NEWS, GEO BON
Bettina Ohse. Photo: private

This text is only available in German.  › more

19.12.2016 | TOP NEWS, yDiv

Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe   › more

14.12.2016 | Biodiversity and People
Ainhoa Martinez-Medina works on molecular aspects of interactions between plants and herbivores (photo: Nicole van Dam).

The renowned journal New Phytologist has published an interview with the young researcher on the journal website.  › more

12.12.2016 | TOP NEWS, Molecular Interaction Ecology
Participants of the side event "Biodiversity Observations for Decision-Making: National Needs and Approaches" at COP13 in Cancun (06 Dec 2016). Photo: Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt

Side Event at the UN Biodiversity Conference  › more

06.12.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS

Press release of UFZ  › more

06.12.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS
sDiv invited the „Mycorrhiza Genome Initiative (MGI)“ to a workshop at iDiv in July 2013. Photo: Carolin Kögler/ iDiv

„TrophinOak“ in "Nature Genetics" 2015  › more

06.12.2016 | TOP NEWS, Research
Auwald Leipzig. Photo: Volker Hahn, iDiv

Talk with Christian Wirth and Andreas Sickert at 5 December 2016, starting at 5 pm, in the event hall of the University Library Albertina (Beethovenstraße 6).  › more

05.12.2016 | TOP NEWS
The "noble talks" of the Beutenberg Campus in Jena will be continued and funded by Thuringia. Poto: Beutenberg-Campus e.V.

This text is only available in German.  › more

02.12.2016 | Research
A narrow beard (Lasioglossum sp.) on the flower of the common field salad (Valerianella locusta). More than 20,000 species of bees are known worldwide. They pollute more than 90 percent of the 107 most important crops. Photo: Felix Fornoff, University of Freiburg

Press release of the UFZ  › more

01.12.2016 | Research
Dr Marten Winter. Photo: Stefan Bernhardt

Statement by Marten Winter  › more

01.12.2016 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS
Inducible defense responses

The review article by Galini V. Papadopoulou and Nicole M. van Dam entitled “Mechanisms and ecological implications of plant-mediated interactions between belowground and aboveground insect…  › more

01.12.2016 | MIE Group News
The data used in the study come from the project "Biodiversity Exploratories". The picture shows one of the study sites in Brandenburg (Schorfheide-Chorin; photo: Beatrix Schnabel).

Intensive use of grasslands by humans not only reduces species diversity. It also makes the landscape more monotonous, so that the same species end up everywhere, a new study in "Nature" shows.  › more

30.11.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Release

At the yDiv admission symposium seven doctoral researchers presented their research projects to the yDiv Board and iDiv colleagues. Godefroy Devevey, the yDiv coordinator, emphasized the excellence…  › more

30.11.2016 | yDiv
Jonathan Chase is one of six iDiv members who made it on the list (photo: Stefan Bernhardt/iDiv).

The researchers are among the most frequently cited scientists during the last decade.  › more

29.11.2016 | TOP NEWS, Research, Biodiversity Synthesis
Prof Ian T. Baldwin in one of his laboratories in Jena. Photo: Norbert Michalke / Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

press release of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology   › more

28.11.2016 | Research
Both evolutionary biologists and ecologists are concerned with the diversity of life (figure: Adrien Favre).

From November 18-20, the Phylogenetic Symposium 2016 took place at the Leipzig University with over 120 participants from 22 countries.   › more

22.11.2016 | TOP NEWS
Dr. Tomonori Tsunoda (left) and Crispus Mbaluto (right)

We are happy to welcome Dr. Tomonori Tsunoda and Crispus Mbaluto in our group.  › more

17.11.2016 | MIE Group News
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
Tomatoes are tasty and a common crop in human agriculture (photo: pixabay).

A fungus living inside the roots of tomato plants helps its host to defend itself against parasites. The knowledge about this mechanism cold inspire new solutions for a sustainable agriculture.  › more

14.11.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Molecular Interaction Ecology
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

press release of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig  › more

11.11.2016 | TOP NEWS, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat
Scientists at iDiv Annual Conference. Photo: Stefan Bernhardt

More than 200 scientists met for the second iDiv conference on Monday and Tuesday in the event location Kubus of the UFZ.  › more

09.11.2016 | TOP NEWS, iDiv
Recreation is a service ecosystems provide to mankind (photo: Roland Krämer).

In a new study, scientists from UFZ and iDiv have analysed the national assessments of ecosystem services within the European Union.  › more

06.11.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity and People

new version of the global vegetation-plot database sPlot   › more

01.11.2016 | sDiv, TOP NEWS

A study shows that the ability to self-fertilize helps plants to spread around the world  › more

28.10.2016 | sDiv, TOP NEWS

Every year the yDiv retreat invites the doctoral researchers of yDiv to engage with an important topic related to working in science. This year’s retreat took place from 24 to 25 October 2016 in…  › more

28.10.2016 | yDiv

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

21.10.2016 | Research, TOP NEWS
“Discussion Forum Ecosystem Services” at the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (photo: Suleika Suntken, DUH)

This text in only available in German.  › more

18.10.2016 | Biodiversity and People, Research

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 Unit (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

This text is only available in German.  › more

19.09.2016 | Biodiversity and People
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, Biodiversity and People, Biodiversity Conservation
Brown bear in the Tatra Mountains, Polish Carpathians (photo: Adam Wajrak).

Number of bears negligible  › more

14.09.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, 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, Media Release, yDiv
Photo: André Künzelmann, UFZ

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

09.09.2016 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS

The SESYNC - UFZ - sDiv working group Human Decision Making - Synthesis of micro-scale human decision making to mitigate risks to ecosystem services with Maja Schlüter and Marco Janssen as PIs…  › more

06.09.2016 | sDiv News

The working group sCoMuCra including former sDiv postdoc Benjamin Yguel published a paper in The American Naturalist entitled "The Evolutionary Legacy of Diversification Predicts Ecosystem…  › more

06.09.2016 | sDiv News

Researchers seek explanations for the mystery that is monodominance  › more

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

Burrowing invaders conquest North American forests  › more

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

Statements by Henrique M. Pereira  › more

05.09.2016 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation

We would like to welcome the new sDiv postdoc Katharina Gerstner who will work on her individual project From plots to landscapes – Towards a mechanistic understanding of land-use effects on…  › more

02.09.2016 | sDiv News
Ecometabolomics platform

Ecometabolomics is an emerging field that aims to implement metabolomics in ecological and biodiversity research. The application of metabolomics in these fields, however, is still limited by a…  › more

30.08.2016 | MIE Group News
Photo: Raul Ochoa Hueso

new NATURE paper by Harpole et al.  › more

25.08.2016 | Media Release, 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
Erin (l.) and Linda (r.)

The MIE group grew again and is happy to welcome Erin and Linda to work on two exciting projects.  › more

24.08.2016 | MIE Group 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

This text is only available in German.  › more

29.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, Media Release
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
Teresa Quijano Medina

The Summer School on Classical biological control of ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) and other invasive weeds will be held by CABI (The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International)…  › more

25.07.2016 | MIE Group News
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 | Biodiversity and People
iDiv scientists working in the field. Photo: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv

Financial commitment over the next four years  › more

06.07.2016 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS

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 | Media Release, 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

This text is only available in German.  › more

01.07.2016 | TOP NEWS

This text is only available in German.  › more

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, Media Release, Research

This text is only available in German.  › more

20.06.2016 | Research

This text is only available in German.  › more

14.06.2016 | Media Release, 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

This text is only available in German.  › more

10.06.2016 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity and People

This text is only available in German.  › more

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, Media Release, Theory in Biodiversity Science

iDiv guest Carsten Meyer, along with collaborators from the University of Göttingen, published a comprehensive study on limitations in global plant records in the journal Ecology Letters.…  › more

03.06.2016 | sDiv News
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, Media Release, 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 | Biodiversity and People, 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
Christian Ristok

yDiv PhD student Christian Ristok has been selected as a recipient of a Metabolomics Society Student Travel Award for Metabolomics 2016, the annual conference of the Metabolomics Society in Dublin,…  › more

26.05.2016 | MIE Group News, yDiv
Galini Papadopoulou

Galini Papadopoulou was selected to attend the Tulip’s summer school in Integrative Biology and Ecology. This Summer school is an interdisciplinary training program that covers genetic, molecular,…  › more

26.05.2016 | MIE Group News
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

For the first time, sDiv and the french synthesis centre CESAB organized a joint synthesis postdoc retreat at CESAB in beautiful Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The topics were career…  › more

25.05.2016 | sDiv News
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
Teresa Quijano Medina

My research interests focus on insect ecology. Following the line of my experience, I joined iDiv looking to include my knowledge on important interactions belowground. Nicole Van Dam and Ainhoa…  › more

19.05.2016 | MIE Group News

new international study published in Science Advances  › more

17.05.2016 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS

This text is only available in German.  › more

12.05.2016 | Research

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

12.05.2016 | Media Release, Biodiversity and People, TOP NEWS

Two iDiv members participate  › more

12.05.2016 | Research

This text is only available in German.  › more

04.05.2016 | Biodiversity Conservation

This text is only available in German.  › more

04.05.2016 | Research
Sven Kirchner

Sven Kirchner, a Master’s Degree student in Biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, recently started his internship at iDiv. Until November Sven will be working on measuring plant root exudates…  › more

02.05.2016 | MIE Group News
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