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Here you can find the media releases of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. Please note, that all images contained in the media releases are for use in connection with the press release, exclusively. For any other usage purposes, please contact the Media and Communications department (

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The movements of this beetle (Carabus coriaceus) have been tracked with the help of a RFID tag. (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)
26.04.2023 | Theory in Biodiversity Science, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release

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

More than 300 guests celebrated the 10th anniversary of iDiv in the Paulinum of Leipzig University (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)
20.04.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

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

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)
19.04.2023 | Research, TOP NEWS, Media Release, Theory in Biodiversity Science, iDiv

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

Ecologist Jonathan Chase receives the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant (Picture: Volker Hahn / iDiv)
30.03.2023 | Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv

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

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)
20.03.2023 | Biodiversity Synthesis, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release

More widely distributed species benefit from anthropogenic changes  › more

Cod (Gadus morhua) taken through glass at Atlanterhavsparken, Ålesund, Norway (Picture: Hans-Petter Fjeld)
16.03.2023 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Research, Biodiversity Economics

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

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

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

In wetlands, plants grow taller as temperatures increase (Picture: Felix Mittermeier / Pixabay)
09.03.2023 | Media Release, iDiv Members, MLU News, Research, TOP NEWS

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

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)
07.03.2023 | Media Release, TOP NEWS

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

At the Stakeholder Event, the project is connecting with stakeholders for building capacity for protected areas. (Picture: IIASA - Matea-Osti)
01.03.2023 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release

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

Camera traps, here at the Peneda-Gerês 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.  (Picture: Zuleger et al. 2023 (CC BY 4.0))
10.02.2023 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release

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

A BaYaka boy climbs a tree to forage for food (Picture: Karline Janmaat)
09.02.2023 | Media Release, Molecular Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, Physiological Diversity

Specialised foraging skills could have made the essential difference  › more

Grassland at Cedar Creek, Minnesota (US) – one of the oldest fields in the upper left, and remnant savanna in the lower right. (Picture: Forest Isbel)
07.02.2023 | Media Release, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, Physiological Diversity

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

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)
01.02.2023 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services

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

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)
17.01.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

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

The Jena Experiment (Picture: Alexandra Weigelt)
13.01.2023 | Media Release, iDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Research, TOP NEWS

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

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)
03.01.2023 | Spatial Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS, UFZ News

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

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