Media releases from 2023

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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)
15.12.2023 | TOP NEWS, Media Release

Final vote of the EU Parliament in 2024  › more

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)
15.12.2023 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Synthesis, Biodiversity and People

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

Biodiverse forests release fewer biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) into the atmosphere than monocultures. (Picture: Colourbox)
13.12.2023 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology

New study on the link between biodiversity and climate  › more

The report outlines policy recommendations to develop broader transformative policies for human, animal, and ecosystem health. (Picture: Eklipse)
07.12.2023 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release

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

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)
06.12.2023 | Media Release, Research, Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv, TOP NEWS

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

Halle, Jena and Leipzig are among the top six German universities in the field of ecology (Picture: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)
04.12.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

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

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

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

The researchers developed metrics that make it possible to measure biodiversity in literary works.&nbsp; (Picture: Colourbox)
13.11.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

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

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)
30.10.2023 | Theory in Biodiversity Science, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS

Surprisingly far-reaching impacts of light pollution  › more

Nature photographers worldwide are sharing their biodiversity observations on social media &ndash; a huge potential also for biodiversity research. (Picture: Sultan Ahmed)
27.10.2023 | Media Release, iDiv, Biodiversity and People, Research, TOP NEWS

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

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)
10.10.2023 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology

DFG to fund Research Unit  › more

A look into the canopy of the experimental forest plantation MyDiv. (Picture: Tama Ray)
09.10.2023 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members, Experimental Interaction Ecology

New study published in Science Advances  › more

The iDiv Ecotron consists of several controlled mini-ecosystems, so-called EcoUnits. (Picture: Anja Schmidt)
26.09.2023 | Research, iDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS

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

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 /
08.09.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

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

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)
04.09.2023 | Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation

Species observations have unveiled a potentially universal pattern  › more

GBiOS combines global collaboration, technology and data to monitor biodiversity change and target action. (Picture: GEO BON)
25.08.2023 | Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS

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

Nigeria is home to over 4,700 vascular plants &ndash; and likely many more undocumented species. (Picture: Rosemary Lodge / Flickr)
23.08.2023 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Research, iDiv Members

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

Common garden experiment in which we measured the proportion of marcescence. (Picture: Renáta Schnablová)
15.08.2023 | Media Release, TOP NEWS

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

The setup of new geostationary satellites allows for vegetation observation from space. (Picture: Colourbox)
08.08.2023 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Media Release

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

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)
12.07.2023 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

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

Only with the help of more holistic management, carbon sequestration in soils can be increased. (Picture: Carsten W. Mueller)
15.06.2023 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS

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

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

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

More widely distributed species benefit from anthropogenic changes  › more

Cod (Gadus morhua) taken through glass at Atlanterhavsparken, &Aring;lesund, Norway (Picture: Hans-Petter Fjeld)
16.03.2023 | Media Release, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, 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 | Biodiversity Synthesis, iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS

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 | Research, Media Release, MLU News, iDiv Members, 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 | TOP NEWS, Media Release

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 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release

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

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))
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 | Molecular Interaction Ecology, Physiological Diversity, TOP NEWS, Media Release

Specialised foraging skills could have made the essential difference  › more

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)
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, Biodiversity and People

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 | Research, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv, 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 | Species 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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