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Monarch butterflies <em>(Danaus plexippus)</em> are an example of a species with formerly high local abundances that has declined in number (Picture: T. Hill)

Declines in insect numbers are largely driven by losses of more abundant species  › more

15.12.2023 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity and People, Biodiversity Synthesis, Media Release
Early 2024, the EU Parliament will take a final vote on one of the most important laws to stop the biodiversity loss in Europe. (Picture: André Künzelmann/UFZ)

Final vote of the EU Parliament in 2024  › more

15.12.2023 | TOP NEWS, Media Release
Biodiverse forests release fewer biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) into the atmosphere than monocultures. (Picture: Colourbox)

New study on the link between biodiversity and climate  › more

13.12.2023 | iDiv Members, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, Media Release
The report outlines policy recommendations to develop broader transformative policies for human, animal, and ecosystem health. (Picture: Eklipse)

Report of an Expert Working Group outlines policy recommendations to develop broader transformative policies for human, animal, and ecosystem health  › more

07.12.2023 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release
Front view of the cable data logger box for the soil temperature measurement system (Controller Area Network bus module system) at the Jena experimental site.&nbsp; (Picture: Karl Kübler / MPI BGC Jena)

Study reveals natural solution to mitigate effects of climate change  › more

06.12.2023 | Research, iDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS
Halle, Jena and Leipzig are among the top six German universities in the field of ecology (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)

Halle, Jena and Leipzig are three of the top six German universities in the field of ecology  › more

04.12.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release
(Picture: Stefan Bernhardt / iDiv)

Eight iDiv members named Highly Cited Researchers  › more

15.11.2023 | TOP NEWS
The researchers developed metrics that make it possible to measure biodiversity in literary works.&nbsp; (Picture: Colourbox)

How authors’ personal circumstances influence the depiction of nature in their works  › more

13.11.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Forest dieback 2.0, air pollution or species loss: the new Research Training Group is researching sustainable utilisation concepts for natural commons. (Picture: Colourbox)

Doctoral researchers will investigate sustainable concepts for the use of natural common goods  › more

13.11.2023 | Biodiversity Economics, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv
The Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve in the Tropical Andes (Ecuador) is the home of many animals, plants, insects &ndash; but also humans. Sustainable nature conservation in such areas requires cooperation among scientific, societal, economic, and political institutions (Picture: Francisco José Prieto Albuja)

A new approach to co-designing biodiversity indicators  › more

03.11.2023 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS
Modern societies rely heavily on artificial light at night, but this convenience comes at a cost not only to people's health but also to ecosystems.&nbsp; (Picture: Jürgen Vieweg/Pixelio)

Surprisingly far-reaching impacts of light pollution  › more

30.10.2023 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Theory in Biodiversity Science
Nature photographers worldwide are sharing their biodiversity observations on social media &ndash; a huge potential also for biodiversity research. (Picture: Sultan Ahmed)

Data published on social media platforms can improve knowledge about species distribution and inform conservation planning  › more

27.10.2023 | iDiv, Research, Biodiversity and People, Media Release, TOP NEWS
The Jena Experiment has been investigating the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning for over 20 years. A DFG Research Unit will now be funded for another four years (Picture: Matthias Ditscherlein)

DFG to fund Research Unit  › more

10.10.2023 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology
A look into the canopy of the experimental forest plantation MyDiv. (Picture: Tama Ray)

New study published in Science Advances  › more

09.10.2023 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS
The iDiv Ecotron consists of several controlled mini-ecosystems, so-called EcoUnits. (Picture: Anja Schmidt)

Immediate protection measures are required to safeguard invertebrate communities and critical ecosystem services.  › more

26.09.2023 | iDiv, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Research, TOP NEWS
Demonstration against the WissZeitVG in front of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Berlin. (Picture: C. Suthorn / cc-by-sa-4.0 /

iDiv's researchers1 are concerned about the already precarious working conditions in German academia and are alarmed that the proposed changes to the WissZeitVG will exacerbate this.The WissZeitVG is…  › more

08.09.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Three blue-cheeked butterflyfish (Chaetodon semilarvatus) in the Red Sea, Egypt. Blue-cheeked butterflyfish are a relatively large species, which can attain a maximum total length of 23 centimetres (cm), though 15 cm is most common. (Picture: Maria Dornelas)

The body sizes of organisms around the world are becoming smaller over time, especially among fish, with important implications for food webs and humans.  › more

08.09.2023 | Research, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Synthesis, iDiv
The Sri Lanka Hanging-Parrot (<em>Loriculus beryllinus</em>) lives only in Sri Lanka. It is globally a very rare species, meaning there are few individuals (Picture: Corey Callaghan)

Species observations have unveiled a potentially universal pattern  › more

04.09.2023 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, Biodiversity Synthesis
A new map shows Mediterranean&rsquo;s potentially groundwater-dependent vegetation. (Picture: L. El-Hokayem)

Report by Léonard El-Hokayem, doctoral student at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle. Decreasing rainfall and…  › more

01.09.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS
GBiOS combines global collaboration, technology and data to monitor biodiversity change and target action. (Picture: GEO BON)

A new interconnected system to monitor biodiversity around the world is urgently needed to direct and focus conservation action.  › more

25.08.2023 | Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS
Nigeria is home to over 4,700 vascular plants &ndash; and likely many more undocumented species. (Picture: Rosemary Lodge / Flickr)

New study reveals that over 1000 vascular plants in Nigeria may be undescribed.  › more

23.08.2023 | Media Release, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, iDiv Members
Common garden experiment in which we measured the proportion of marcescence. (Picture: Renáta Schnablová)

Retention of dead biomass by plants likely to serve function in carbon and nutrient cycling  › more

15.08.2023 | Media Release, TOP NEWS
The setup of new geostationary satellites allows for vegetation observation from space. (Picture: Colourbox)

Researchers record large-scale shift in photosynthesis activity for the first time  › more

08.08.2023 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Media Release
Tenerife's flora has a surprisingly high diversity in terms of forms and functions. In the background: Pico del Teide, Spain's highest mountain at 3715 metres. (Picture: Holger Kreft)

International research team compares form and function of island and mainland plants  › more

12.07.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Only with the help of more holistic management, carbon sequestration in soils can be increased. (Picture: Carsten W. Mueller)

Novel framework allows for a more effective management of soils as carbon sinks  › more

15.06.2023 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS
The movements of this beetle (Carabus coriaceus) have been tracked with the help of a RFID tag. (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)

Habitat diversity can mitigate effects of climate change on insects  › more

26.04.2023 | iDiv, Theory in Biodiversity Science, TOP NEWS, Research, Media Release
More than 300 guests celebrated the 10th anniversary of iDiv in the Paulinum of Leipzig University (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)

Over 300 guests from politics, science and civil society  › more

20.04.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release
The daily and seasonal movements of large animals like the Sri Lankan elephant take place within a mosaic of natural habitats which are becoming increasingly fragmented by anthropogenic land-use changes such as deforestation and agricultural cultivation. (Picture: Ulrich Brose, CC-BY 4.0)

New study suggests fragmentation and climate warming could disadvantage large animals due to their limited traveling speeds  › more

19.04.2023 | Theory in Biodiversity Science, Research, Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv
Ecologist Jonathan Chase receives the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant (Picture: Volker Hahn / iDiv)

Research project "MetaChange" will be funded with almost 2.5 million euros over the next five years  › more

30.03.2023 | iDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, Media Release, TOP NEWS
Dr. Marten Winter congratulating Dr. Steven Bachmann (Picture: Carolin Kögler)

On 15 March 2023 sDiv - the synthesis centre of iDiv welcomed its 2500th participant at an sDiv working group meeting. The lucky one was Dr. Steven Bachman who travelled from the Royal Botanic…  › more

20.03.2023 | iDiv, sDiv, TOP NEWS
The little bustard (Tetrax tetrax) increased occupancy through time in an area given special protection status in Portugal. (Picture: Ron Knight (CC BY 2.0) via Wikimedia Commons)

More widely distributed species benefit from anthropogenic changes  › more

20.03.2023 | iDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, Research, Media Release
Cod (Gadus morhua) taken through glass at Atlanterhavsparken, &Aring;lesund, Norway (Picture: Hans-Petter Fjeld)

Under long-term fisheries management, evolutionary change, that has resulted in smaller maturation sizes, can be reversed profitably.  › more

16.03.2023 | Research, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release, Biodiversity Economics
In wetlands, plants grow taller as temperatures increase (Picture: Felix Mittermeier / Pixabay)

The effects of climate change on the Earth’s vegetation depend to a large degree on local conditions  › more

09.03.2023 | Research, Media Release, MLU News, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS
Illustration of Sardinian Dwarf Mammoth, Sardinian Giant Otter, Deer, Sardinian Dhole and Giant Pica (Picture: Peter Schouten /

Higher extinction rates of insular mammals after arrival of modern human  › more

09.03.2023 | Biodiversity Synthesis, iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS
The researchers compared the effects of live roots or leaf litter in small experimental plots in the rainforest (left) with oil palm plantations (right). (Picture: Ananggadipa R)

New study reveals that living roots are as important as dead leaves in sustaining tropical soil biodiversity  › more

07.03.2023 | Media Release, TOP NEWS
At the Stakeholder Event, the project is connecting with stakeholders for building capacity for protected areas. (Picture: IIASA - Matea-Osti)

NaturaConnect Stakeholder Event in Brussels brings over 70 leading EU policy and governmental decision-makers  › more

01.03.2023 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Camera traps, here at the Peneda-Ger&ecirc;s National Park in Portugal, are essential monitoring tools for detecting the presence of mammal species and other large animals. However, there is no global system of camera trap monitoring and only long-term data from a limited number of sites.&nbsp; (Picture: Zuleger et al. 2023 (CC BY 4.0))

Study finds that current monitoring data may be far too incomplete and deficient to provide a precise global picture of local biodiversity richness trends  › more

10.02.2023 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release
A BaYaka boy climbs a tree to forage for food (Picture: Karline Janmaat)

Specialised foraging skills could have made the essential difference  › more

09.02.2023 | Molecular Interaction Ecology, Physiological Diversity, TOP NEWS, Media Release
Grassland at Cedar Creek, Minnesota (US) &ndash; one of the oldest fields in the upper left, and remnant savanna in the lower right. (Picture: Forest Isbel)

Even many years after being abandoned, plant diversity of former agricultural sites is still incomplete compared to undisturbed sites  › more

07.02.2023 | Media Release, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, Physiological Diversity
The common Jezebel (<em>Delias eucharis</em>), a medium-sized butterfly that appears in many areas of South and Southeast Asia, is an example of an inadequately represented insect species in protected areas.&nbsp; (Picture: Shawan Chowdhury)

Researchers propose to consider insects in the expansion and new designation of protected areas  › more

01.02.2023 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Biodiversity and People
During the panel discussion with Dr Christiane Paulus, Head of the Nature Conservation Department of the BMUV (left), Olaf Bandt, Chairman of BUND (2nd from left), and Andreas Jahn, Federal Executive Director of the BMVW (right), Prof. Aletta Bonn (UFZ, iDiv) (2nd from right) recommended setting up a national biodiversity council.&nbsp; (Picture: Henning Schacht)

iDiv invited to a parliamentary evening in Berlin to discuss possible action  › more

17.01.2023 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release
The Jena Experiment (Picture: Alexandra Weigelt)

Biodiversity–stability relationships strengthen over time in a long-term grassland experiment  › more

13.01.2023 | Research, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv, TOP NEWS
Moths such as Plusia festucae are decimated today compared to Sil&eacute;n's times. (Picture: Alastair Rae, CC BY-SA 2.0; Wiki Commons)

The complex relationships between plants and their pollinators have changed dramatically across the last century.  › more

03.01.2023 | Species Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS, UFZ News
A German case study focuses on &ldquo;urban rewilding&rdquo; as a nature-based solution in the Ruhrgebiet area (Picture: Peter Keil)

European project started to assess ecological restoration through rewilding  › more

02.01.2023 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation
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