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16.06.2017 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, iDiv, Research

Collaborative Research Centre of the University of Jena: AquaDiva funded for further four years with over 9.5 million euros from German Research Foundation  > more

Exploring different aspects of biodiversity > more

16.06.2017 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, iDiv

This text is available only in German. > more

15.06.2017 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, iDiv
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 | Press Releases, sDiv, Macroecology and Society, TOP NEWS
As a present, Mr Tillich was given a miniature version of the 'taxamap', a picture representing all known genuses on earth (photo: Stefan Bernhardt).

The research centre was one of two priorities during his visit to the Leipzig University > more

09.06.2017 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, iDiv

FlorSoz2017 is organised by Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz > more

08.06.2017 | iDiv Members, TOP NEWS

The iDiv Ecotron will provide insights into interactions among species. > more

17.05.2017 | Experimental Interaction Ecology, Press Releases, TOP NEWS

Study by Senckenberg, iDiv, MLU, UFZ and others > more

12.05.2017 | yDiv, Press Releases, TOP NEWS
The Maxwell's duiker (Philantomba maxwellii), a small antelope that lives in western Africa (Photo: Paul Cools /

Estimating how many animals of a certain species live in a remote region has become easier thanks to a new analytical method > more

10.05.2017 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat
Bonobos during a grooming session (Photo: Zanna Clay /  LuiKotale Bonobo Research Project).

Researchers found that chimpanzees associate more with partners of the same sex while bonobos of either sex associate preferentially with females > more

03.05.2017 | TOP NEWS, iDiv Members

Scientists met on 27 April in Leipzig to discuss a broad range of topics from the field of “biodiversity economics”. > more

27.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, iDiv
Barley on the fields of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben (Photo: Heike Ernst/ IPK).

A new study in Nature reports the first high-quality reference genome sequence of barley. > more

27.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, Domestication Genomics

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
During the night, a tobacco hawkmoth (Manduca sexta) uses its proboscis to suck nectar from a flower of the wild tobacco Nicotiana attenuata. Sensory neurons located on the tip of the proboscis respond to the floral volatile (E)-α-bergamotene (Photo: Danny Kessler, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology).

The plant volatile compound bergamotene is alluring, but also lethal for Manduca sexta months, a new study finds. > more

21.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, Ecological Functions of Plant Secondary Metabolites, iDiv Members
The larger prey species used in the experiment, the springtail Folsomia candida (Photo: Andy Murray).

An experiment shows how rising temperatures change interactions between species. > more

06.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, Experimental Interaction Ecology
Central Apennines rewilding area, Italy (Photo: Sandra Bartocha / Wild Wonders of Europe / Rewilding Europe).

A new coalition of five organisations including iDiv aims at promoting biodiversity restoration at a European level through the application of rewilding principles. > more

05.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Conservation

Household income and knowledge about health risks drive the consumption of wild animal meat in West Africa. Study by Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology > more

03.04.2017 | TOP NEWS, Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat
The predatory soil centipedes can be found worldwide (Photo: Sarah Zieger).

In a commentary in Nature Ecology and Evolution, scientists from iDiv and Leipzig University call for initiatives to fill knowledge gaps > more

24.03.2017 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology

yDiv together with the iDiv Research Group Molecular Interaction Ecology were visited by Dr. Tjeerd Snoeren on the 21st of March. Tjeerd is the Entomology Lead at Limagrain, which is a cooperative... > more

22.03.2017 | yDiv

to further develop the content of chapter 2 > more

20.03.2017 | TOP NEWS, Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity Conservation

findings appear in BMC Genomics > more

02.03.2017 | TOP NEWS, sDiv, Press Releases

A new framework, presented in "Ecology" > more

21.02.2017 | TOP NEWS, Biodiversity Synthesis

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 brown bear (Ursus arctos) is among those carnivore species that are most exposed to roads globally.

The protection status of several species should therefore be reconsidered, researchers from iDiv and MLU say. > more

08.02.2017 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, Biodiversity Conservation
The Jena Experiment. Photo: Christoph Scherber

This text is only available in German. > more

03.02.2017 | TOP NEWS, Experimental Interaction Ecology
Cabbage white caterpillars (Pieris brassicae) were one of the herbivore species used in the study (photo: Nicole Van Dam).

When plants are eaten by herbivores, they emit odours to attract the natural enemies of their enemies. These odours vary according to the characteristics of the herbivore species, a new study shows. > more

31.01.2017 | TOP NEWS, Press Releases, Molecular Interaction Ecology
Hordeum comosum: One example of wild barley containing nonnative DNA-sequences of Panicoideae origin. Photo: Dr. Frank Blattner/IPK

A Czech-German team of researchers publishes findings suggesting that the transfer of nuclear genes from one vascular plant species to another without sexual fertilisation is not a rare event. > more

31.01.2017 | TOP NEWS, Research
Old-growth forest Hainich. Photo: Tilo Arnhold

Researchers report that in old forests with high species richness the effect of climate variability on photosynthetic capacity is dampened. > more

30.01.2017 | TOP 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

press release of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) > more

16.01.2017 | yDiv, TOP NEWS
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
This domino effect is a particular threat to animal species that only interact with a small number of plant species, such as Chelostoma rapunculi. Photo: Andreas Haselböck,

When plant species disappear due to climate change, this may lead to the subsequent loss of various animal species. > more

04.01.2017 | TOP NEWS
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