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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 (presse@idiv.de).


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The importance of climate change as a cause of global species loss is increasing steadily. The most threatened ecosystems are coral reefs. Image: Andrey Armyagov/Shutterstock.com
06.05.2019 | TOP NEWS, Media Release

World Biodiversity Council IPBES presents long-awaited Global Assessment.  › more

In the BEF-China experiment, tree species richness varies across different subplots. (Picture: Helge Bruelheide)
09.04.2019 | Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

Halle, Leipzig, Göttingen. The more plant species live in grasslands and forests, the more insect species find a habitat there. However, the presence of more plant species does not only increase…  › more

The soda pans in the Seewinkel region (Austria) are extraordinarily precious habitats. (Picture: Zsófia Horváth)
02.04.2019 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Synthesis, Media Release, iDiv

Also in neighbouring habitat patches species are lost  › more

Birds that specialise on insect food have declined across Europe by 13%. This includes the meadow pipit (<em>Anthus pratensis</em>). (Picture: Mathias Schaef, living-nature.eu)
27.03.2019 | Ecosystem Services, Media Release, TOP NEWS

First Europe-wide study relating population trends of birds to their diet  › more

The global distribution of the match of biodiversity above the ground (mammals, birds, amphibians and plants) and below (soil invertebrates, fungi and bacteria). Dark areas have high biodiversity above and in the soil; light yellow areas have high above-ground biodiversity but low diversity in the soil; blue areas have low above-ground biodiversity, but species-rich soil communities; and light areas are species-poor above and below the soil surface. (Picture: Conservation Biology)
13.03.2019 | iDiv Members, GEO BON, Biodiversity Conservation, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS

Research team evaluates global biodiversity data – with surprising resultsLeipzig. After conducting comprehensive studies, an international team of researchers led by Leipzig University and the iDiv…  › more

Data to assess distributions and trends varies vastly among groups of organisms. Many tropical butterflies like the blue-frosted banner (Catonephele numilia) often only have a few records (picture: Walter Jetz).
11.03.2019 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, Macroecology and Society, Media Release

Developed under the auspices of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)  › more

This is how the new iDiv building will look like (picture: Depenbrock Partnering GmbH & Co. KG Bielefeld)
06.03.2019 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv

The new building will be complete by March 2020.  › more

Population and economic growth are driving the transformation of diverse natural areas into agricultural land - despite an improved environmental balance of land use. (Picture: guentermanaus – stock.adobe.com)
04.03.2019 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS

Population and economic growth offset improvement of environmental balance of land use  › more

The first global map of species richness of trees, as produced by the new model. It illustrates the number of tree species that can be expected within areas of one hectare. The highest number of tree species (orange to yellow) can be found in the hot, humid tropics. The remaining white spaces are unforested areas. (Picture: Petr Keil and Jonathan Chase)
20.02.2019 | Media Release, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS

New statistical model eliminates blank spaces  › more

Caterpillars of the tobacco hawk moth (<em>Manduca sexta</em>) can tolerate nicotine well, but if their host plant produces other chemical substances, they look for a new feeding place if possible. (Picture: Pia Backmann)
25.01.2019 | Molecular Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Media Release

Tobacco plants gain an advantage by the timely sending of hungry caterpillars to the competition  › more

Cleaning surfaces with disinfectants disturbs the natural species composition of the microorganisms present. Individual species can profit from this and reproduce strongly. This could even favour the spread and establishment of pathogens. (Picture: nakedking – stock.adobe.com)
21.01.2019 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, sDiv

More living organisms on our bodies and in our homes could help in combatting diseases - if we let them live  › more

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