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Bog complex of living and stagnant (foreground) raised bog with interspersed open water areas (called bog hollows, centre of picture) (Picture: Thomas Sperle)

Due to rising temperatures and longer dry periods, two plant species have already gone extinct.  › more

28.10.2020 | sDiv, Media Release, iDiv Members, TOP NEWS
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)

Integration of contributors promotes the quantity and quality of data  › more

27.10.2020 | Media Release, Ecosystem Services, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat, sDiv, TOP NEWS
<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)

New automated method quickly and accurately reveals which species are most threatened  › more

28.09.2020 | Media Release, Spatial Interaction Ecology, iDiv, Evolution and Adaptation, TOP NEWS, sDiv
The space of the root economy comprises two independent gradients. The expression of a plant's roots depends on how the respective species has strategically aligned itself in the course of evolution with regard to these two gradients. A 'fast' or 'slow' economic strategy within the construction gradient is found in roots as well as in above-ground leaves and shoots. The collaboration gradient, on the other hand, only exists underground: do-it-yourself roots are comparatively thin and long to absorb as many nutrients as possible from the soil, while outsourcing roots are thicker to accommodate the symbiotic fungi. (Picture: Authors of the study)

International group of researchers with iDiv participation describes the growth strategies of plant roots  › more

03.07.2020 | iDiv Members, sDiv, TOP NEWS
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)

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

11.05.2020 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, sDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release
The global number of land-dwelling insects is in decline. (Picture: Gabriele Rada)

Global insect populations show highly variable local trends.  › more

24.04.2020 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Synthesis, Media Release, sDiv

In 2013, the sDiv working group sImpact started to develop classification and quantification standards for impacts of invasive alien species. A workshop with 16 international experts including Ingolf…  › more

21.04.2020 | sDiv News
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)

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

13.04.2020 | Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, sDiv, MLU News, Research, iDiv, TOP NEWS
Cocoa plantation in West Africa (Picture: Janina Kleemann)

Study evaluates and quantifies ecosystem service flows  › more

30.03.2020 | TOP NEWS, Media Release, Ecosystem Services, sDiv, UFZ News
Arctic plant life is found at the cold climate extremes of the planet. (Picture: Sandra Angers-Blondin)

Plants growing at extremes follow the global rules  › more

13.03.2020 | iDiv, sDiv, TOP NEWS, Research, Media Release
Geographic region of each Anthropogenic Threat Complex (ATC). Each colour refers to a different ATC. The legend provides information on the magnitude of climate change and non-climatic drivers (human-use, pollution, alien species potential and human population) within each ATC. ATCs in different realms (marine or terrestrial) with similar magnitudes of climate change and non-climatic drivers are coloured in the same shade. (Picture: People and Nature , First published: 27 February 2020, DOI: (10.1002/pan3.10071)

Report by Diana Bowler, postdoctoral researcher at the Ecosystem Services group at iDiv, FSU resp. UFZ and first author of a new publications in 'people and nature' Leipzig. An important step in…  › more

12.03.2020 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Ecosystem Services
Dryland ecosystem in Argentinian Patagonia (Picture: Juan José Gaitán, INTA (Argentina))

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

14.02.2020 | iDiv, Research, Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS
A greening Tundra landscape on Qikiqtaruk-Herschel Island (Canadian Arctic). (Picture: Jeffrey Kerby / National Geographic Society)

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

31.01.2020 | sDiv, Research, TOP NEWS, iDiv, Media Release
Around carrion sites plant nutrient levels are enhanced. (Picture: Roel van Klink)

Scientists reveal the ecological importance of carion  › more

22.01.2020 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Media Release
Dragonflies are one of the species groups studied in the sMon project. The photo shows the four-spotted chaser, Libellula quadrimaculata. (Picture: Yuanyuan Huang)

Project brings together experts from all over Germany  › more

13.01.2020 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS, iDiv
In a rapidly urbanising world, the conversion of natural habitats into urban areas leads to a significant loss of biodiversity. (Picture: allemii / Pixabay)

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

09.12.2019 | Biodiversity Conservation, Research, TOP NEWS, Media Release, sDiv, iDiv
A century later, plant diversity is still struggling in wake of agricultural abandonment. (Picture: Forest Isbell)

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

22.11.2019 | iDiv, sDiv, Physiological Diversity, TOP NEWS, Research, Media Release
Highly Cited Researchers

10 iDiv members named Highly Cited Researchers  › more

19.11.2019 | Media Release, sDiv, TOP NEWS

A big milestone for the synthesis center of iDiv  › more

24.10.2019 | sDiv News
Earthworms foster many ecosystem services important to people.&nbsp; (Picture: Valentin Gutekunst)

Global climate change could alter earthworm communities worldwide.  › more

24.10.2019 | Media Release, TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology, sDiv
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 | Media Release, Research, TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Synthesis, sDiv, iDiv
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 | sDiv, TOP NEWS, Media Release, iDiv
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)

Researchers analyse EU Commission reform plans for the CAP  › more

02.08.2019 | Media Release, sDiv, 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 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv Members, sDiv, GEO BON, Media Release, Biodiversity Conservation, 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 | sDiv, TOP NEWS
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 | sDiv, Media Release, Experimental Interaction Ecology, TOP NEWS
(photo: Stefan Bernhardt, iDiv)

New ranking published  › more

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

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 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Media Release, Computational Forest Ecology
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
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