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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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Dr Anton Potapov, head of a new junior research group at iDiv and Leipzig University (Picture: Private)
17.06.2022 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release

iDiv and Leipzig University get a new junior research group “Soil Biological Diversity and Functions”  › more

The Jena Experiment, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), started in 2002 and is one of the longest-running biodiversity experiments in Europe. (Picture: Jena Experiment)
09.06.2022 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Drought-exposure history improves the recovery of grassland communities from subsequent drought  › more

Dr Michael Gerth, head of the new Junior Research Group at iDiv and MLU (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt/iDiv)
06.06.2022 | iDiv, Media Release, Symbiont Evolution, TOP NEWS

Junior Research Group 'Symbiont Evolution' started at iDiv and MLU  › more

The Alpine mountain grasshopper (<em>Miramella alpina</em>) has so far been unaffected by changes in climate and land use. This grasshopper species, which is widespread throughout Europe at higher altitudes, has a stable occurrence in the Bavarian Alps, which has hardly changed in recent decades. (Picture: E. K. Engelhardt / TUM)
03.06.2022 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Ecosystem Services

40 years of conservation data: Researchers show population trends of native insects   › more

Given the almost complete absence of chimpanzee fossils, the genetic information from current populations is crucial for describing their evolutionary history. (Picture: Pixabay)
02.06.2022 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Evolutionary and Anthropocene Ecology

New genomic tools shed light on the evolutionary history of chimpanzees and contribute to their conservation  › more

Turkey vulture (<em>Cathartes aura</em>) drying under the sunlight in the floodplain <em>v&aacute;rzea forests</em> of Mamirau&aacute; Sustainable Development Reserve (MSDR), Central Amazonia (Picture: Research Group of Felid Ecology and Conservation in Amazonia, Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development (
01.06.2022 | TOP NEWS, Theory in Biodiversity Science, Media Release

Large-scale use of camera trap data can help improve wildlife conservation  › more

Older siblings may reduce the likelihood that their younger brothers or sisters develop behavioural problems.&nbsp; (Picture: Federica Amici)
31.05.2022 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members

If expectant mothers are exposed to stress their child can develop behavioural problems - but less often with siblings  › more

Gardening can make an important contribution to the population development of plant species. The grape hyacinth (<em>Muscari botryoides</em>) is listed as "vulnerable" on the German Red List, but is often used as an ornamental and has increased its population by 65 percent in recent decades. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons)
18.05.2022 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release

Researchers recommend urban conservation gardening measures to reverse horticultural trends  › more

Doctoral researchers of the Research Training Group during fieldwork in the BEF-China experiment. (Picture: Rémy Beugnon)
09.05.2022 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members, iDiv

DFG extends funding for the international research training group TreeDì  › more

The large, woody fruits of the <em>Manicaria saccifera</em> palm that depend on large animals for their dispersal. (Picture: John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
29.04.2022 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Evolution and Adaptation

Effects of missing large herbivores on food plants still detectable today  › more

Geographic distribution of threatened reptiles. Reptile species are considered threatened if ranked as Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered by The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species&trade;. Species richness refers to the number of different species that occur in an area. Warmer (redder) colors denote a larger number of threatened reptile species.&nbsp; (Picture: Cox, N. and Young, B. E., et al. Global reptile assessment shows commonality of tetrapod conservation needs. Nature (2022))
27.04.2022 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release

Reptiles likely benefit from efforts to save other animals  › more

Nature observations by citizen scientists. (Picture: Detlef Metzer)
26.04.2022 | Ecosystem Services, Media Release, TOP NEWS, UFZ News

Presentation of the Strategy and Citizen Science Festival on 29 April in Berlin  › more

<em>Caddisfly larva</em> (Picture: Julia von Gönner)
12.04.2022 | Media Release, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS

Nationwide measurement campaign of the citizen science project FLOW starts  › more

From left: Prof Dr Beate A. Sch&uuml;cking, Rector of the University of Leipzig (until March 2022); Burkhard Jung, Mayor of the City of Leipzig; Prof Dr Christian Wirth , award winner; Prof Dr Eva In&eacute;s Obergfell, Rector of the University of Leipzig; Prof Dr Hans Wiesmeth, President of the Saxon Academy of Sciences at Leipzig (Picture: Swen Reichhold, Bild: SAW)
07.04.2022 | Media Release, iDiv, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

iDiv delighted at award for founding director  › more

Earthworms are considered essential ecosystem engineers underground. Researchers from iDiv and Leipzig University have now shown that they also play a major role in shaping aboveground communities.&nbsp; (Picture: V. Gutekunst)
30.03.2022 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Researchers recommend taking underappreciated factors for biodiversity loss into account  › more

Different groups of insects, e.g., beetles and butterflies, may show similar abundance trends in one place, but dissimilar trends in other places. The photo shows a longhorn beetle (<em>Leptura quadrifasciata</em>) and a map (<em>Araschnia levana</em>). (Picture: Oliver Thier)
23.02.2022 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Synthesis, Media Release

Only weak trend correlations between different insect groups  › more

Collage of plant species that are range-restricted to Europe but threatened in at least one country, with some of them being globally threatened. (Picture: Vlaev, Dimiter in Peev, D. et al. (eds) (2015): Red Data Book of the Republic of Bulgaria. Vol. 1. Plants and Fungi. MoEW & BAS, Sofia [Single inset drawings; compiled by Staude, I.].
07.02.2022 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Study closes gaps in the risk of extinction of plant species  › more

Identical twins are jumping from rocks in a forest on hiking in Slovenia. (Picture: _jure / Adobe Photo Stock)
03.02.2022 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services

Identical twins’ nature experiences more similar than fraternal twins but local environment also key  › more

The "cry for help" has been demonstrated for the first time in the natural habitat - in the canopy of the Leipzig floodplain forest. (Picture: Steffen Schellhorn)
18.01.2022 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Molecular Interaction Ecology

Chemical "cry for help" from trees verified in a natural habitat for the first time  › more

The model area Oder Delta (Picture: Solvin Zankl / Rewilding Europe)
17.01.2022 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, iDiv Members, UFZ News

BMBF research project starts in the Oder Delta model area  › more

(Picture: A. Tille)
14.01.2022 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release

Environment ministers from Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Saxony discuss regional biodiversity protection measures  › more

Klimatische Unterschiede ver&auml;ndern die Wuchsh&ouml;he von Pflanzenarten entlang der Breitengrade. Die &Ouml;konomie der Pflanzen zeigt diese Gradienten aber nicht. (Picture: S. Michalski)
23.12.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS

New findings could improve scientific Earth system models  › more

Overhanging branch of pedunculate oak due to the 2018 hotter drought. (Picture: Rolf A. Engelmann)
20.12.2021 | TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Media Release

Decrease in growth due to drought stress in 2018 and 2019  › more

Graphical illustration of tree species responses in mixed-species forests to contrasting climatic conditions. Tree species grow differently in dry (year 2) or wet (year 3) years but this asynchronous growth stabilizes the productivity of the forest community. (Picture: Florian Schnabel)
17.12.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Species richness stabilises forests against extreme climate conditions  › more

The insect was caught by the researchers and students during an excursion to the floodplain forest. (Picture: Lisa Hahn)
13.12.2021 | iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv

Extremely rare insect species discovered during a field trip  › more

Insects are the focus of several Citizen Science projects. The photo shows a European peacock. (Picture: Gabriele Rada / iDiv)
10.12.2021 | Media Release, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS

Cross-country study on the motivation of citizen scientists  › more

In the Alps, plant communities on nutrient-poor sites, such as this calcareous grassland, are increasingly pressured by immigrating nitrophilous species but have not yet been displaced. Species numbers are actually increasing here at present. In the long term, however, they will decline, the researchers assume. (Picture: Harald Pauli/ÖAW)
10.12.2021 | sDiv, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS

New study shows: Europe's grasslands, forests and mountain summits are becoming increasingly similar in species composition  › more

Relatively young secondary forest in Costa Rica with similar-sized slender stems. (Picture: Robin Chazdon)
09.12.2021 | sDiv, Media Release, Biodiversity Economics, TOP NEWS

Natural restoration of tropical forests provide large short-term benefits for climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation  › more

The autumn spawning herring collapsed towards the end of the 16th century as a result of a combination of overfishing and climate change. (Picture: Aquarium GEOMAR, Jan Steffen)
01.12.2021 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Economics

Historical sources indicate that overfishing of the Baltic herring began over 500 years ago and continues to have an impact today  › more

Scientists are calling for a new start in efforts to safeguard biodiversity. The photo shows a northern flicker lifting off (<em>Colaptes auratus</em> L.). (Picture: Marten Winter, iDiv)
23.11.2021 | Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv Members, Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS

Scientists propose framework for national-level implementation of global biodiversity goals  › more

The Sirente Velino Regional Park in the Abruzzo region of Italy is home to the endangered and therefore protected Marsican brown bear (<em>Ursus arctos marsicanus</em>). (Picture: Francesco Culicelli / Photo archive of Salviamo l'Orso (
03.11.2021 | Research, Theory in Biodiversity Science, TOP NEWS, Media Release

New software predicts the movements of large land animals  › more

Most flowering plant species rely on pollinators to reproduce. This is true for the annual daisy species that dominate the spring mass flowering displays in South Africa. Species such as <em>Gorteria diffusa</em>, <em>Dimorphotheca sinuata</em> and <em>Dimorphotheca</em> <em>pluvialis</em> are dependent on pollinators, such as the bee-flies pictured here, for seed production, and on seed for persistence in the system, making them vulnerable to pollinator decline. (Picture: Prof Alan Ellis/Stellenbosch University)
14.10.2021 | Spatial Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Global estimate of the importance of pollinators for seed production in plants  › more

Tropical rainforest in Laos, Southeast Asia - a region where geological dynamics led to very high biodiversity. (Picture: Picture: Oskar Hagen/iDiv)
13.10.2021 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Evolution and Adaptation

New computer model helps to better understand species diversity in rainforests  › more

Research on traffic accidents currently focuses mainly on carnivore mammals, ungulates, marsupials and turtles. (Picture: Pixabay)
05.10.2021 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release

Traffic probably poses one of the greatest risks to animal populations. However, we currently know very little about this issue.  › more

The experimental site in Torgnon (Italy), a grassland located at about 2100 m in the Western Italian Alps, and belonging to the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) and FLUXNET network.&nbsp; (Picture: Marta Galvagno)
22.09.2021 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

Study helps to better assess the capacity of global ecosystems to adapt to climate and environmental change  › more

Biodiversity has been steadily declining not only in reality but also in western literature since industralisation. (Picture: Gabriele Rada / iDiv)
17.09.2021 | Research, iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS

An extensive analysis of literature suggests that people seem to be increasingly diconnected from nature  › more

The three Minister Presidents and the Secretary-General of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) today opened the new iDiv research building in Leipzig. (Picture: Swen Reichhold/iDiv)
15.09.2021 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Three Minister Presidents pay tribute to international biodiversity research “made in Central Germany”. German Chancellor sends her congratulations  › more

Over the last decade, rewilding has emerged as a pragmatic way of restoring natural processes and enabling wildlife to comeback across European landscapes. (Picture: Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe)
13.09.2021 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Scientists have developed a new way of evaluating rewilding progress  › more

Picture: Staffan Widstrand (Picture: Staffan Widstrand)
06.09.2021 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services

Around the world, wildfires are posing major risks to people and nature. Domestic and wild animals can help prevent them  › more

Chimpanzees are found as four subspecies in 21 African countries from the lowlands to mountainous regions of up to 2800 m altitudes. Their evolution was significantly shaped by the ice ages. (Picture: Pixabay)
31.08.2021 | Media Release, Evolution and Adaptation, Evolutionary and Anthropocene Ecology, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

New models highlight the important role of glacial refugia for the evolution of chimpanzees  › more

Prof Josef Settele (Picture: Björn Kray Iversen)
13.07.2021 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

Taxonomists name a new butterfly genus Setteleia  › more

Countries like Australia and Indonesia with their large coastlines contribute a great deal to global CO2 storage and thus also to mitigating the costs of climate damage. Economically, however, they hardly benefit from this. The main beneficiaries here are India, China and the USA. (Picture: Bwe)
09.07.2021 | Media Release, Biodiversity Economics, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members

Climate and ecosystem change lead to a global redistribution of wealth  › more

iDiv scientists investigate global biodiversity change and its consequences. (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)
07.07.2021 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS

iDiv research centre to receive additional millions  › more

The monitoring missions in the FLOW project are supported by the environmental mobiles of S&auml;chsischen Landesstiftung Natur und Umwelt (LaNU). (Picture: Julia von Gönner)
07.07.2021 | Ecosystem Services, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Media Release

BUND, UFZ and iDiv are starting a citizen science project on stream monitoring  › more

The artist group nachbars garten (from left to right: Kay Zimmermann, Enne Haehnle, Elisabeth Howey) together with Prof. Nicole van Dam (iDiv, FSU). (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt / iDiv)
07.07.2021 | Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS

The new forecourt of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig invites us to discover, wonder and linger, and arouses interest in the research centre.  › more

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22.06.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS, sDiv, MLU News

sPlotOpen contains vegetation data from 114 countries of all climate zones  › more

<em>Calopteryx virgo</em> breeds in rivers and streams and has been increasing since 1980 in Germany. This increase is reflecting a recovery from the impacts of past water pollution. (Picture: Andre Günther)
18.06.2021 | Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Research, Ecosystem Services

Some dragonfly and damselfly species suffer from habitat loss and degradation, while many species benefit from improved water quality and warmer climate  › more

(Picture: Gabriele Rada / iDiv)
11.06.2021 | Spatial Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv

Exhibition offers insights into the world of plants and their pollinators.  › more

Global warming is leading to increasing water shortages for animals and plants, including our food and energy crops. (Picture: Bluedesign)
10.06.2021 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members

New workshop report on climate and biodiversity offers guidelines for pioneering policies  › more

The specific traits of a plant's roots determine the climatic conditions under which this plant prevails. (Picture: Fly Dragon Fly / Adobe Stock)
09.06.2021 | sDiv, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

New study challenges the nature of ecological trade-offs  › more

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