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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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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 | Biodiversity Synthesis, MLU News, iDiv, Media Release, 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 | iDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services

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 | Media Release, Ecosystem Services, UFZ News, TOP NEWS, 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 | iDiv, Media Release, iDiv Members, Research, 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 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, sDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

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 | MLU News, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, Media Release, 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 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Synthesis, Media Release, sDiv

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 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv, MLU News, 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 | Media Release, iDiv, Computational Forest Ecology, Research, 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 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Ecosystem Services, sDiv, 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 | iDiv, sDiv, TOP NEWS, Research, 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 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Ecosystem Services, Media Release

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 | Media Release, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, 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 | iDiv, Research, Media Release, sDiv, 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 | sDiv, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, 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 | yDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv Members

Plants benefit from more bees, especially bumble bees  › more

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

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 | iDiv, Media Release, MLU News, Biodiversity Conservation, 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 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS, iDiv

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 | iDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, Research, 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 | Biodiversity Conservation, Research, iDiv, Media Release, 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 | Media Release, Research, iDiv, Physiological Diversity, sDiv, TOP NEWS

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 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, sDiv

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

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 | Media Release, Research, iDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, 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 | iDiv, Research, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, 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 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Research, 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 | sDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv

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

How do climate and land use affect ecological processes? In the Global Change Experimantal Facility (GCEF), an outdoor experiment in Saxony-Anhalt run by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, scientists have been researching the consequences of the expected future changes in climate and land use since 2013. (Picture: André Künzelmann / UFZ)
16.09.2019 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Spatial Interaction Ecology

Most experiments do not correspond to projected climate scenarios  › more

A mixture of five tree species on a Sardinilla experiment field (Picture: Florian Schnabel)
05.09.2019 | iDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release

Recent study proves: Forests that are more diverse are also more productive and more resilient  › more

Monotonous landscapes created by agricultural intensification. The CAP reform proposed by the EU risks the expansion of such landscapes, according to the scientists.&nbsp; (Picture: Sebastian Lakner)
02.08.2019 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services

Researchers analyse EU Commission reform plans for the CAP  › more

The Ko'olau summit on the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i where researchers found that biodiversity is higher in forests on older islands than on younger ones, but that this effect may be diluted by introduced species. (Picture: William Weaver)
29.07.2019 | Biodiversity Synthesis, TOP NEWS, Media Release

International research team investigates mechanisms of forest biodiversity in Hawaiian archipelago  › more

Honey bee worker and male sand bee on an apple tree blossom. Apples are insect-pollinated fruits. Picture: Martin Husemann
11.07.2019 | TOP NEWS, MLU News, Media Release

Media release by the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg  › more

f.l.t.r.: Science ministers Wolfgang Tiefensee (Thuringia), Dr Eva-Maria Stange (Saxony), Prof Armin Willingmann (Saxony-Anhalt). Photo: Stefan Bernhardt / iDiv
08.07.2019 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv

Joint media release by the State Ministries of Science of Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt  › more

Picture: Jules/flickr.
24.05.2019 | TOP NEWS, Media Release

They activate a specific cell receptor  › more

Picture: Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU.
21.05.2019 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv

From 24 May to 1 September the Botanical Garden of the University of Jena presents “Garten findet Stadt”, an exhibition on urban gardening.  › more

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

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,
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 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members, Biodiversity Conservation, GEO BON, 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 –
04.03.2019 | Biodiversity Conservation, TOP NEWS, Media Release

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

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