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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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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

Natural habitats that support high biodiversity are increasingly under pressure from agricultural land use. (Picture: Juan Carlos Munoz / Adobe Stocks)
09.09.2020 | Media Release, Macroecology and Society, TOP NEWS

How biodiversity could be preserved globally without sacrificing necessary production output  › more

Dr Martin Mascher, head of the iDiv Junior Research Group "Domestication Genomics" (Picture: IPK/ Andreas Bähring)
03.09.2020 | Domestication Genomics, Media Release, TOP NEWS, iDiv, iDiv Members

Based on a media release by the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) Gatersleben: Great success for iDiv Junior Research Group head Dr Martin Mascher. The 34 years old…  › more

Schwebfliege. Zusammen mit den Wildbienen sind sie die wichtigsten Bestäuber unserer Blütenpflanzen.  (Picture: Willibald Lang / Flickr)
01.09.2020 | TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services, UFZ News, Media Release

Nature conservation policy too rarely succeeds in changing people's behaviour  › more

Leipzig's floodplain forest is one of the largest auf its kind in Central Europe. But drought, climate change and human intervention are putting it under huge pressure. (Picture: Tabea Turrini / iDiv)
28.08.2020 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

Environmental Ministry of Saxony and City of Leipzig agree on measures to improve state of Leipzig’s floodplain forest  › more

Rope bridges can effectively help primates to cross transportation or service corridors. Colobus monkey (Colobus angolensis palliatus) in Diani, Kenya. (Picture: Andrea Donaldson / Colobus Conservation)
26.08.2020 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, TOP NEWS

Evidence-based conservation is key to curb primate population declines  › more

Aerial view of the Jena Experiment. (Picture: Jena Experiment)
24.08.2020 | iDiv, Research, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Findings from experimental sites are reliable.  › more

Buff-tailed bumblebee (<em>Bombus terrestris</em>) (Picture: Wilhelm Osterman)
17.08.2020 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, iDiv Members, Research, Media Release, MLU News

New study suggests it does, making them better pollinators, too.  › more

Biodiversity loss has detrimental effects on ecosystem processes. Soil chemicals decimate plant decomposers, which inhibits their ecosystem function. This interrupts the nutrient cycle, for instance. (Picture: Léa Beaumelle)
04.08.2020 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Diversity of soil organisms has key role in the carbon cycle.  › more

The project "VielFalterGarten" will start with workshops on the different butterfly species that can be found in Leipzig. (Picture: Guy Peer)
03.08.2020 | iDiv, Media Release, UFZ News, TOP NEWS

Citizen Science Project "VielFalterGarten" offers workshops in Leipzig  › more

Nematodes are very small, microscopic worms that can be found in soils almost all over the world.&nbsp; (Picture: Andy Murray)
03.08.2020 | Media Release, MLU News, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Research, iDiv

Only few studies investigate soil biodiversity in tropical and subtropical regions.  › more

Aerial photo of a forest patch in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest surrounded by sugar cane. (Picture: Mateus Dantas de Paula)
29.07.2020 | Research, Biodiversity Synthesis, Spatial Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, UFZ News, MLU News, Media Release, iDiv

New international research breaks ground for the next generation of biodiversity forcasts.  › more

To make wildlife trade more sustainable, it is essential to know and understand the reasons why people hunt and consume bushmeat. (Picture: Wild Chimpanzee Foundation)
17.07.2020 | Media Release, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat

Disease prevention and protection of species require differentiated strategies.  › more

The collaborative project of young researchers and artists from Leipzig shows that there is much more to pollination than the story of flowers and bees. (Picture: iDiv / G. Rada)
17.07.2020 | iDiv, Media Release, Spatial Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS

New exhibition at the Botanical Garden of Leipzig University now open to the public.  › more

Water hyacinth <em>(Eichhornia crassipes)</em> invasion in the Hartbeespoort reservoir in South Africa. Introduced as an ornamental plant it has become invasive across all continents except Antarctica. The plant alters local water flow, community composition and provides habitats for mosquitos that act as a major vector of diseases (Picture: Olga Ernst, CC BY-SA 4.0)
14.07.2020 | iDiv Members, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Alien species dramatically contribute to future biodiversity loss  › more

Ongoing forest loss is transforming ecosystems around the world, leading to diverse biodiversity change from gains to losses in different animals and plants. (Picture: Malkolm Boothroyd)
18.06.2020 | MLU News, Media Release, iDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, Research, TOP NEWS

New international research reveals the far-reaching impacts of forest cover loss on global biodiversity.  › more

Register now for the Citizen Science Dialogue Forum! (Picture: Florian Pappert -
04.06.2020 | Media Release, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS, iDiv

Online forum to further develop citizen science strategy in Germany  › more

The black-veined white <em>(Aporia crataegi)</em> is a widespread butterfly found in very variable habitats. It is one of the few butterfly species to benefit from Natura 2000 conservation areas. (Picture: Martin Musche)
25.05.2020 | Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS, UFZ News, Media Release, iDiv Members

Only a few butterfly species appear to benefit from Natura 2000 conservation areas  › more

In these times of human retreat, we get a glimpse of how much nature the upcoming UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration can bring us. (Picture: AB Photography/
20.05.2020 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, TOP NEWS

A comment by Prof Dr Henrique Pereira  › more

Species-rich rainforest of Mount Halimun Salak National Park, Java, Indonesia. (Picture: Leipzig University / Alexandra Muellner-Riehl)
11.05.2020 | Media Release, Research, iDiv Members, iDiv, TOP NEWS

New approach to phylogenetically guided drug discovery  › more

Mid- and high-latitude ecosystems from the Northern Hemisphere are some of the ecosystems expected to be more affected by the increases in pathogen proportions. The picture shows forests in the west of the USA.&nbsp; (Picture: Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo)
11.05.2020 | sDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology

Scientists develop global map of future risk areas for plant diseasesBased on a media release by Pablo de Olavide University Sevilla Sevilla / Leipzig / Halle. Global warming will increase the…  › more

In warmer marine areas, like in Huinay Research Station (Chile), increases in the number of species were more pronounced. (Picture: Laura Antão)
04.05.2020 | Biodiversity Synthesis, Media Release, TOP NEWS, MLU News, Research, iDiv

New international research reveals warming in temperate regions leads to species gains at sea, but not on land.  › more

The global number of land-dwelling insects is in decline. (Picture: Gabriele Rada)
24.04.2020 | Biodiversity Synthesis, sDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS

Global insect populations show highly variable local trends.  › more

While some small-ranged species have disappeared, widespread, nitrogen-loving, and occasionally exotic species are on the rise. (Picture: Martin Adámek / Czech Academy of Sciences)
13.04.2020 | Biodiversity Conservation, MLU News, iDiv, Media Release, Research, sDiv, TOP NEWS

More nitrogen in the soil: common plant species on the rise  › more

Around 300 tree species grow in 50 hectares of old-growth forest at Barro Colorado Island, Panama.&nbsp; (Picture: Christian Ziegler)
09.04.2020 | iDiv, Research, Computational Forest Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS

New method enables predictions for the development of species-rich forests  › more

Cocoa plantation in West Africa (Picture: Janina Kleemann)
30.03.2020 | Media Release, sDiv, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS, UFZ News

Study evaluates and quantifies ecosystem service flows  › more

Arctic plant life is found at the cold climate extremes of the planet. (Picture: Sandra Angers-Blondin)
13.03.2020 | sDiv, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release

Plants growing at extremes follow the global rules  › more

A structurally rich landscape is pleasing to the eye, promotes biodiversity and also benefits farmers. (Picture: Sebastian Lakner)
03.03.2020 | iDiv, Media Release, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS

Common Agricultural Policy reform: More than 3,600 researchers call for science to be taken into consideration  › more

Chimpanzee (<em>Pan troglodytes</em>) feeding on a wild date palm (<em>Phoenix reclinata</em>). (Picture: M. McLennan / Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project)
26.02.2020 | Research, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release, Evolution and Adaptation

Colourful fruits may be the reason why primates can distinguish between shades of red, green and blue.  › more

Dryland ecosystem in Argentinian Patagonia (Picture: Juan José Gaitán, INTA (Argentina))
14.02.2020 | Research, sDiv, Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS

As aridity increases, dryland ecosystems undergo abrupt changes that will reduce their capacity to provide important ecosystem services.  › more

A greening Tundra landscape on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island (Canadian Arctic). (Picture: Jeffrey Kerby / National Geographic Society)
31.01.2020 | Research, iDiv, TOP NEWS, sDiv, Media Release

Causes of greening process more complex and variable than previously thought  › more

In cities, the dominant pollinators are bumble bees. (Picture: Christian Müller)
29.01.2020 | TOP NEWS, iDiv Members, Media Release, yDiv

Plants benefit from more bees, especially bumble bees  › more

European Peacock (<em>Aglais io</em>) (Picture: Guy Pe'er)
23.01.2020 | Ecosystem Services, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

About the connection between insect decline, agricultural policy and our own consumption.  › more

Around carrion sites plant nutrient levels are enhanced. (Picture: Roel van Klink)
22.01.2020 | sDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

Scientists reveal the ecological importance of carion  › more

Natural grazing is a key ecological process that helps a myriad of species of half-open landscapes, and supports natural and mosaic forest landscapes less prone to fire. (Picture: Juan Carolos Muñoz Robredo / Rewilding Europe)
17.01.2020 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, MLU News, iDiv, TOP NEWS

The rewilding of European ecosystems can help to tackle both the current climate and biodiversity emergencies.  › more

Dragonflies are one of the species groups studied in the sMon project. The photo shows the four-spotted chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata. (Picture: Yuanyuan Huang)
13.01.2020 | sDiv, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

Project brings together experts from all over Germany  › more

Marine protected areas are often designed and implemented to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries. (Picture: PIXELIO / Klaus Steves)
07.01.2020 | Biodiversity Synthesis, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release

Marine protected areas in the Mediterranean Sea are home to more fish species, with the greatest gains found among species most sensitive to exploitation.  › more

In a rapidly urbanising world, the conversion of natural habitats into urban areas leads to a significant loss of biodiversity. (Picture: allemii / Pixabay)
09.12.2019 | Research, Media Release, iDiv, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv, TOP NEWS

Researchers assess direct and indirect effects of urban growth on a global scale.  › more

03.12.2019 | Media Release, Ecosystem Services, TOP NEWS, yDiv

Narratives have functions and can be explained in a (simple) model  › more

A century later, plant diversity is still struggling in wake of agricultural abandonment. (Picture: Forest Isbell)
22.11.2019 | sDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv, Research, Physiological Diversity

Although local plant diversity increases over time, plant productivity does not significantly recover from agricultural use.  › more

Highly Cited Researchers
19.11.2019 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS

10 iDiv members named Highly Cited Researchers  › more

The spreading bellflower (<em>Campanula patula</em>) is a declining species in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.&nbsp; (Picture: Florian Jansen)
08.11.2019 | Ecosystem Services, iDiv Members, Media Release

 The full text is only available in German.  › more

Earthworms foster many ecosystem services important to people.&nbsp; (Picture: Valentin Gutekunst)
24.10.2019 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release

Global climate change could alter earthworm communities worldwide.  › more

Adult male pig-tailed macaque consuming a rat at the oil palm plantations near Segari, Peninsular Malaysia. (Picture: Anna Holzner)
21.10.2019 | Media Release, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, iDiv Members

Considered an oil palm pest, macaques can in fact diminish a more severe pest: rats  › more

Tropical marine regions are exhibiting biodiversity change at the extremes of richness gains, losses and turnover more often than other regions. (Picture: Kanenori / Pixabay)
18.10.2019 | Research, Biodiversity Synthesis, iDiv, Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS

Researchers map types and rates of biodiversity change.  › more

Under climate change, projected sea-level rise increases risk to 500 million people worldwide by 2050. (Picture: David Shepherd / Pixabay)
08.10.2019 | Research, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release

Where people’s needs for nature are greatest, nature’s ability to meet those needs is declining  › more

Widespread contempt among fishermen for stricter EU fishing regulation is well documented. (Picture: Moritz Drupp)
30.09.2019 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Biodiversity Economics

Game of chance experiment: In a relationship with an unpopular regulator, the truth is somewhat elastic.  › more

At the Jena Experiment, researchers study the role of biodiversity for ecosystem functioning. (Picture: Christoph Scherber)
30.09.2019 | iDiv, Research, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, Media Release

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft grants 5 million euros for novel approach to investigate mechanisms underlying biodiversity and ecosystem functions at Jena Experiment  › more

Climate change is affecting nature, also in the forests of the Harz mountains. (Picture: Christian Müller)
18.09.2019 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release, sDiv

iDiv scientists call for action to tackle climate and biodiversity change.  › more

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