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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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Prof Josef Settele (Picture: Björn Kray Iversen)
13.07.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, 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 | Biodiversity Synthesis, Theory in Biodiversity Science, Media Release, TOP NEWS, MLU News, iDiv Members, Biodiversity Economics

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 | Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS

iDiv research centre to receive additional millions  › more

The monitoring missions in the FLOW project are supported by the environmental mobiles of Sächsischen 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 | iDiv, Media Release, 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, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release

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

Chimpanzees and other African apes could lose up to 94% of their range in the next 30 years. (Picture: Pascal Gagneux/GMERC)
07.06.2021 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Evolutionary and Anthropocene Ecology, iDiv Members

Researchers predict massive decline in the range of African great apes over the next 30 years  › more

Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) (Picture: Trevor Fristoe)
01.06.2021 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Research

Patterns and drivers of alien plant species invasiveness in Europe identified by an international research team  › more

The scarce fritillary (<em>Euphydryas maturna</em>) feeds exclusively on ash trees and needs moist, light forests as a habitat. The species scored lowest among the 158 species studied for urban affinity and is likely to continue to decline in Europe. (Picture: Julia Whittman, @birdingjulia CC BY 4.0)
31.05.2021 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation

Researchers record adaptability of 158 butterfly species to urbanisation  › more

A macaque eats a palm oil fruit on the edge of the plantation.  (Picture: Anna Holzner)
19.05.2021 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members

Researchers spent months observing groups of southern pig-tailed macaques  › more

Landscapes such as this multiply used and highly structured agricultural landscape in the Weser Valley, Lower Saxony, fulfil many of the features that are necessary from a scientific perspective. Arable farming, livestock management and biodiversity support each other. (Picture: Sebastian Lakner)
18.05.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services

Scientists have made proposals for how EU agriculture could turn the tide in favour of sustainability within the next six years  › more

The Flora Incognita mobile app can help identify plants in the field. In addition, by gathering information on the locations of identified plant species, valuable datasets are created. (Picture: Jana Wäldchen / MPI-BGC)
11.05.2021 | Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Research

Plant occurrence data collected with an app uncovers macroecological patterns in Germany  › more

The contribution of tree plantations to biodiversity conservation is limited. (Picture: J. C. Lobo / Adobe Stock)
27.04.2021 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Plantations are home to significantly less beetles than old-growth forests.  › more

Plant roots with associated mycorrhizal fungi. (Picture: Super Organism, visual artist Suzette Bousema)
12.04.2021 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Award will give research collaboration with iDiv an extra boost.  › more

Rice field in Sumatra. (Picture: Nico Boersen, Pixabay)
08.04.2021 | Biodiversity Conservation, Research, Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS

Based on a media release of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Gland (Switzerland). Ensuring sustainability of crop and timber production would mitigate the greatest drivers…  › more

Especially in regions that are particularly affected by climate change, studies are often missing, for example in the mountains. The American yellow-bellied marmot is one of the few mammals for which the researchers were able to find relevant data. (Picture: Ben Hulsey)
07.04.2021 | Media Release, Spatial Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members, sDiv, TOP NEWS

Even with well-studied species groups such as mammals, there are huge data gaps  › more

&nbsp;The higher the number of plant and bird species in a region, the healthier the people who live there. Researchers also showed a positive relation of nearby parks and green space and mental health.&nbsp; (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt / iDiv)
31.03.2021 | yDiv, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release

Study on species diversity and human health in Germany shows positive relation on mental health, but no links to physical health.  › more

Short-lived plant species like grasses and herbs (here <em>Arabis fecunda</em>) are likely to suffer much more from future climatic change than long-lived species - less due to higher temperatures, but rather from a lack of water. (Picture: Radmila Savkovic on Pixabay)
23.03.2021 | sDiv, Media Release, iDiv Members, Spatial Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS

Researchers investigate for the first time on a global scale how plant populations react to climate change  › more

The genome of the crop plant barley consists of about five billion nucleotides. When the international research team led by the IPK compared the different assemblies to each other, the HiFi assembly performed best. (Picture: Eva Siebenhühner/IPK)
17.03.2021 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members

New publication by iDiv member at IPK Leibniz Institute  › more

Chimpanzees recorded by a PanAf camera trap. As the animals were not habituated to human presence, scat samples were used as sources of DNA for the study. (Picture: PanAf/MPI-EVA)
05.03.2021 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat

A new large-scale study uncovers recent genetic connectivity between chimpanzee subspecies despite past isolation events  › more

Observing animals obviously belongs to those ecosystem services that directly depend on the presence of species. However, these species provide a number of other services, such as pest control, seed dispersal, etc. (Picture: Pixabay)
05.03.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation

Biodiversity doesn’t feature enough in large-scale assessments of ecosystem services  › more

Changes in microbial diversity in soils may affect important ecosystem functions like nutrient cycles. (Picture: S. Piyaset - AdobeStock)
24.02.2021 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Global change alters microbial life in soils - and thereby its ecological functions  › more

Plant responses to climate are more complex than previously appreciated (Picture: David Mark, Pixabay)
22.02.2021 | Spatial Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv

Climate drivers outside of the growing season may have stronger effects on plants than previously assumed.  › more

Franziska Bucher and Christine R&ouml;mermann investigate ageing processes in plants. (Picture: Anne Günther (Universität Jena))
26.01.2021 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Biologists study autumn phenology of herbaceous plants  › more

The global biodiversity strategy is currently being renegotiated (here at the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Feb. 2020 in Rome) (Picture: IISD/Mike Muzurakis (
26.01.2021 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv Members, Media Release

Researchers propose necessary corrections in global biodiversity policy  › more

High density of street trees in cities (like here in Leipzig City centre) may help to improve mental health as well as local climate, air quality and species richness. (Picture: Philipp Kirschner)
25.01.2021 | iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services, Media Release

Researchers show positive effect of urban nature on mental health  › more

Earthworms are the architects of the soil. They mix the soil layers, form a network of burrows essential for soil water, air and nutrient dynamics, and decompose dead material. (Picture: Valentin Gutekunst)
14.01.2021 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, GEO BON, Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members

Researchers call for greater consideration of soil biodiversity and functions in international conservation strategies  › more

The study shows that even species that are considered widespread, such as the corn poppy (<em>Papaver rhoeas</em>), are steadily declining in Germany. (Picture: Sebastian Lakner)
14.12.2020 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS, sDiv

Most comprehensive evaluation of the occurrence of vascular plants in Germany to date  › more

Prof Nico Eisenhauer (Picture: Christian Hüller)
10.12.2020 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Most important German research award  › more

Also the robin <em>(Erithacus rubecula)</em> contributes to this: According to the study, ten percent more bird species in the surrounding area increase the feeling of happiness as much as a comparable increase in income. (Picture: Senckenberg)
03.12.2020 | Ecosystem Services, Media Release, TOP NEWS, yDiv, iDiv Members

Study shows: Happier people often congregate in environments with many bird species  › more

Leipzig is host to the oldest botanical garden in Germany. On an area of only three hectares, around 6500 of the 350,000 plant species worldwide grow here. (Picture: Swen Reichhold)
26.11.2020 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members

City could become a global reference for plant biodiversity researchers  › more

EuropaBON is supposed to bring together a wide range of different actors in a network across Europe. This involves monitoring data from volunteer ornithologists to remote sensing data. (Picture: S. Kadrijevic - AdobeStock)
26.11.2020 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS

Information system on Europe’s biodiversity and ecosystems for policy makers  › more

The drought of the last three years has favoured fungal diseases. In Leipzig's floodplain forests, ash and sycamore maple in particular are currently dying off. Even the English oak is already affected. (Picture: André Künzelmann/UFZ)
23.11.2020 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Experts from research, authorities and NGOs develop a common vision and evaluate possible measures  › more

Lemurs exclusively appear in Madagascar. This red-fronted lemur mainly feeds on fruits. (Picture: Omer Nevo)
29.10.2020 | Evolutionary Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS

New iDiv research group investigates communication between plants and animals  › more

Bog complex of living and stagnant (foreground) raised bog with interspersed open water areas (called bog hollows, centre of picture) (Picture: Thomas Sperle)
28.10.2020 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, iDiv Members, Media Release

Due to rising temperatures and longer dry periods, two plant species have already gone extinct.  › more

The participation of expert volunteers in Citizen Science projects (here at the Butterfly Monitoring Germany, a project of the UFZ) is a fundamental pillar of biodiversity monitorings in Germany, especially for species groups such as butterflies, beetles, hoverflies or cicadas. (Picture: André Künzelmann/UFZ)
27.10.2020 | sDiv, Media Release, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS

Integration of contributors promotes the quantity and quality of data  › more

Extensive grassland site in Hainich, Germany. Low intensity management grasslands maintain strong synergies between specialized species and functions and supply a more distinct set of ecosystem services than high intensity grasslands. (Picture: Michael Bonkowski)
26.10.2020 | Ecosystem Services, Media Release, TOP NEWS

A first assessment of the effects of land management on the linkages between biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services  › more

The research team used the iDiv Ecotron, where identical climatic situations can be simulated in artificial ecosystems and observed with cameras. (Picture: iDiv)
26.10.2020 | Research, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv, Media Release, iDiv Members

Research group of iDiv and Jena University uses novel research method to study effect of insect decline on plant biodiversity  › more

New study outlines the scientific basis for redesigning a new set of biodiversity goals. (Picture: Pixabay)
23.10.2020 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release

New publication in Science with iDiv contribution  › more

In Germany, biodiversity in the agricultural landscape has declined. (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)
19.10.2020 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members

Position paper with participation of iDiv scientists  › more

The research team&rsquo;s experiments took place at locations such as the Saaleaue, where the Jena Experiment on functional biodiversity research is running. (Picture: Nico Eisenhauer)
07.10.2020 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Biodiversity experiment provides new insights into the relationship between plant traits and ecosystem functions  › more

Microscopic images from pollen, which are important for pollinators, obtained by image-based particle analysis. Each row shows a single pollen grain of a specific plant with a normal microscopic image (first image on the left) and fluorescence images for different spectral ranges (colored images on the right). (Picture: Susanne Dunker)
06.10.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS

New method developed at UFZ and iDiv combines image-based particle analysis with artificial intelligence  › more

Flower-rich meadow at a park in Leipzig, Germany. (Picture: Gabriele Rada / iDiv)
29.09.2020 | iDiv, Research, Media Release, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS

Data collected at species-rich sites may lead to the wrong conclusions on overall trends  › more

<em>Gymnadenia conopsea</em> is common in Northern Europe, but can also be found in Central Europa. The orchid-rich semi-natural grasslands of the Czech Republic are among the most species-rich plant communities in Europe. (Picture: Tiffany Knight)
28.09.2020 | Evolution and Adaptation, Media Release, iDiv, Spatial Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, sDiv

New automated method quickly and accurately reveals which species are most threatened  › more

Old beech: Primary forests are crucial for biodiversity conservation and store high quantities of carbon in biomass, therefore helping to mitigate climate change. (Picture: Tzvetan Zlatanov)
15.09.2020 | TOP NEWS, Research, Media Release

First international assessment of the protection state of mostly ‘untouched’ forests in Europe  › more

A young chimpanzee feeds on seed pods in the Issa valley, Tanzania. (Picture: R. Drummond-Clarke/GMERC)
14.09.2020 | Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Both historical and recent variation in ecological and environmental conditions are associated with larger behavioural repertoires in wild chimpanzees  › more

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