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Tropical marine regions are exhibiting biodiversity change at the extremes of richness gains, losses and turnover more often than other regions. (Picture: Kanenori / Pixabay)

Researchers map types and rates of biodiversity change.  › more

18.10.2019 | Research, Media Release, iDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, sDiv, TOP NEWS
Climate change is affecting nature, also in the forests of the Harz mountains. (Picture: Christian Müller)

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

18.09.2019 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release, sDiv
Monotonous landscapes created by agricultural intensification. The CAP reform proposed by the EU risks the expansion of such landscapes, according to the scientists.  (Picture: Sebastian Lakner)

Researchers analyse EU Commission reform plans for the CAP  › more

02.08.2019 | sDiv, Media Release, TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services
To determine the responses of species richness and yield to conventional land-use intensification, we conducted a global meta-analysis. Across all production systems (food, fodder, wood), intensification increases yield (+20.3% / red arrow), but also leads to a loss of species (-8.9% / blue arrow).

UFZ study reveals link between increasing yields and biodiversity  › more

11.04.2019 | TOP NEWS, UFZ News, sDiv
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)

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

13.03.2019 | iDiv Members, GEO BON, Biodiversity Conservation, Experimental Interaction Ecology, Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS
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).

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

11.03.2019 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv, Biodiversity Synthesis, Macroecology and Society, Media Release

Congratulations to sDiv scientist Alexander Zizka for receiving the Bernard Rensch Prize of the German Society for Biological Systematics for his work on “Big-data insights into the distribution and…  › more

06.03.2019 | sDiv News
The Octopus Stinkhorn has been displaced from New Zealand to numerous regions worldwide (Photo: H. Krisp, Wikimedia Commons)

This news item is only available in German.  › more

26.02.2019 | TOP NEWS, sDiv
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 –

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

21.01.2019 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, sDiv
(photo: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)

New ranking published  › more

29.11.2018 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Physiological Diversity, iDiv Members

Area of habitat larger than New Zealand could be lost to urbanisation over next 20 years   › more

15.11.2018 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv
The Millingerwaard area is well on its way to a wilder future (Photo: Ark Nature/Rewilding Europe).

Two new iDiv publications take a closer look at rewilding.  › more

16.10.2018 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv

New study in Nature Geoscience  › more

08.10.2018 | TOP NEWS, Research, sDiv, iDiv Members
The height of tundra plant communities has increased over the last 30 years. (Picture: Anne Bjorkman)

Analysis of comprehensive data set led to publication in Nature.  › more

26.09.2018 | sDiv, Computational Forest Ecology, Media Release, TOP NEWS
The Jena experiment, a grassland biodiversity experiment in Germany. Photo: Anne Ebeling, FSU

Study from 39 grassland experiments published in Nature Ecology and Evolution  › more

27.08.2018 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, sDiv
Net of a caddis fly larva, built for catching prey (photo: Steve Ormerod)

New paper with participation of Jon Chase and Stefano Larsen  › more

02.05.2018 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Synthesis, sDiv

The stronger global warming is, the greater the increase in the number of plant species on mountain tops. This was the main finding of a study published in the journal Nature.  › more

05.04.2018 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, sDiv, iDiv Members

The sWeep - Unifying marine and terrestrial biodiversity at the interplay of macroecology, macrophysiology and macroevolution with Miguel Ángel Olalla Tárraga and Ignacio Morales Castilla as PIs and…  › more

15.03.2018 | sDiv News

new study published in PNAS  › more

06.02.2018 | TOP NEWS, Research, sDiv
St. John's wort is successful overseas (Foto: Pixabay)

This text is only available in German.  › more

04.12.2017 | TOP NEWS, sDiv

The working group of the International Synthesis Consortium (ISC) just published their second paper on Synthesis Centers as Critical Research Infrastructure in BioScience! You can find the paper…  › more

16.06.2017 | sDiv News
The Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) displaces the native European Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) in the United Kingdom and other EU countries. It was therefore included in the blacklist of the EU ("List of invasive non-resident species of Union concern") in 2016 and must be actively combated in the European Union. Photo: Tim M. Blackburn, University College London

Global hotspots for non-native animal and plant species have been identified for the first time  › more

13.06.2017 | Media Release, sDiv, Macroecology and Society, TOP NEWS

The sDiv working group sFIND who met in Leipzig in 2015, just got their paper accepted to be published in OIKOS! Keith Farnsworth one of the group PIs gives a short insight here. Congratulations!  › more

29.05.2017 | sDiv News

Congratulations! The paper by sIMPACT working group entitled “Defining the Impact of Non-Native Species,” by Jonathan M. Jeschke, Sven Bacher, Tim M. Blackburn, Jaimie T. A. Dick, Franz Essl, Thomas…  › more

16.05.2017 | sDiv News

At regional level, urbanisation is increasing the number of plant species, but it is also associated with a loss of evolutionary diversity  › more

26.04.2017 | Research, sDiv, TOP NEWS

sDiv Postdoc Katharina Gerstner along with collaborators from the sDiv working groups LU-BD-ES and Restoration Synthesis published a commentary in Methods in Ecology and Evolution about how to make…  › more

27.03.2017 | sDiv News

findings appear in BMC Genomics  › more

02.03.2017 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Media Release

New research shows that rate of alien species introduction is higher than ever before / press release of Senckenberg  › more

15.02.2017 | TOP NEWS, sDiv

results of sDiv workshop „Restoration synthesis“ published / press release of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)   › more

10.02.2017 | TOP NEWS, sDiv

The working group Acacia invasions from the joint project of SESYNC-UFZ-sDiv found a weak signal of interdisciplinarity in invasion science. They call for more integration of social sciences in this…  › more

07.02.2017 | sDiv News

Press release of UFZ about the "Ecological Focus Areas" introduced under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) greening rules   › more

29.01.2017 | Research, sDiv
The plantpathogenic fungus Fusarium oxysporum is strongly inhibited in growth due to volatiles produced by bacterial communities with rare species. Loss of rare species allows this fungus to spread faster (Photo: Perro de Jong/NIOO-KNAW).

Low-abundance bacterial and fungal species can have disproportionate effects, a new review concludes.  › more

11.01.2017 | TOP NEWS, sDiv
Dr Marten Winter. Photo: Stefan Bernhardt

Statement by Marten Winter  › more

01.12.2016 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS

new version of the global vegetation-plot database sPlot   › more

01.11.2016 | sDiv, TOP NEWS

A study shows that the ability to self-fertilize helps plants to spread around the world  › more

28.10.2016 | sDiv, TOP NEWS

Press release from Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre  › more

20.09.2016 | Research, sDiv
Photo: André Künzelmann, UFZ

International research team issues recommendations to improve the predictive capacity of ecological models  › more

09.09.2016 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS

The SESYNC - UFZ - sDiv working group Human Decision Making - Synthesis of micro-scale human decision making to mitigate risks to ecosystem services with Maja Schlüter and Marco Janssen as PIs…  › more

06.09.2016 | sDiv News

The working group sCoMuCra including former sDiv postdoc Benjamin Yguel published a paper in The American Naturalist entitled "The Evolutionary Legacy of Diversification Predicts Ecosystem…  › more

06.09.2016 | sDiv News

We would like to welcome the new sDiv postdoc Katharina Gerstner who will work on her individual project From plots to landscapes – Towards a mechanistic understanding of land-use effects on…  › more

02.09.2016 | sDiv News
Max Planck and iDiv scientists discussing at collaboration workshop

Scarce data on the geographical origin of DNA sequences impairs its potential use for phylogeographic research  › more

13.07.2016 | TOP NEWS, iDiv, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, sDiv

iDiv guest Carsten Meyer, along with collaborators from the University of Göttingen, published a comprehensive study on limitations in global plant records in the journal Ecology Letters.…  › more

03.06.2016 | sDiv News

For the first time, sDiv and the french synthesis centre CESAB organized a joint synthesis postdoc retreat at CESAB in beautiful Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The topics were career…  › more

25.05.2016 | sDiv News

The sDiv Board decided to fund ten working groups, two individual postdoc positions and one sabbatical position.  › more

27.04.2016 | sDiv

Congratulation! sDiv postdoc Dr Juliano Sarmento Cabral accepted the Junior Professorship for Ecosystem Modeling at the Julius Maximilians University Würzburg. The research group is part of the…  › more

31.03.2016 | sDiv, TOP NEWS

Importance of climate and sea level changes for biodiversity on islands  › more

30.03.2016 | sDiv, Research
Juliano Sarmento Cabral

Another great contribution to the field of island biogeography. Congrats, Juliano Sarmento Cabral, for co-authoring this interesting paper.  › more

03.03.2016 | sDiv

We announce the release of sPlot 2.0 - the global vegetation-plot database. sPlot currently contains >1.1 million plots from 110 source databases originating from all seven continents and a total…  › more

22.01.2016 | sDiv

Congrats! The sDiv species pool project sREGPOOL published a new paper in Global Ecology and Biogeography. The group shows a very promising way of delineating species pools. A long term problem in…  › more

15.01.2016 | sDiv

sDiv has published its new newsletter in December with lots of information on what is going at sDiv - especially the new sDiv call for working groups, postdocs and sabbaticals! Check it out here!  › more

05.01.2016 | sDiv
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