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

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

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

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

 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.  (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 | Media Release, Spatial Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members, sDiv, 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 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, 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, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

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 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members

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 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

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 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release, Spatial Interaction Ecology

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 | Media Release, iDiv Members, 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 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

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 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Ecosystem Services, iDiv Members

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 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, GEO BON, TOP NEWS, 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 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS, iDiv Members

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

Prof Nico Eisenhauer (Picture: Christian Hüller)
10.12.2020 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, 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 | Media Release, yDiv, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services, 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 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, 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 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, 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 | Media Release, iDiv Members, 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 | Media Release, Evolutionary Ecology, 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 | sDiv, Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

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 | Media Release, Ecosystem Services, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, sDiv, 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 | Media Release, Ecosystem Services, 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 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, iDiv Members, Research, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology

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 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, 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 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, 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 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

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 | TOP NEWS, Media Release

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 | Research, Biodiversity Synthesis, Media Release, iDiv, 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 | Media Release, Spatial Interaction Ecology, sDiv, Evolution and Adaptation, TOP NEWS, iDiv

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 | Research, TOP NEWS, 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 | Media Release, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, 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, former head of the iDiv Junior Research Group "Domestication Genomics" (Picture: IPK/ Andreas Bähring)
03.09.2020 | Media Release, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Domestication Genomics, 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 Best&auml;uber unserer Bl&uuml;tenpflanzen.&nbsp; (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 | Biodiversity Conservation, Media Release, 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 Members, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, Media Release, Research, iDiv

Findings from experimental sites are reliable.  › more

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

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

A pollen supplementation experiment where a naturally pollinated flower is compared to a hand-supplemented flower. (Picture: Amibeth Thompson)
10.08.2020 | Spatial Interaction Ecology, Media Release, iDiv, UFZ News, TOP NEWS, sDiv, Research, MLU News

Highly specialised plants particularly at risk.  › 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 | Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS

Diversity of soil organisms has key role in the carbon cycle.  › 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 | MLU News, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS, Media Release, Research, iDiv

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

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, MLU News, TOP NEWS, UFZ News, Spatial Interaction Ecology, 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 | Research, iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release, 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 | Media Release, iDiv Members, 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, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Synthesis, Research, iDiv

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

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