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Multifunctional forests

22/11/2018 | Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Timber production, recreation, carbon storage - forests have a lot on their plate. A study now reveals that diverse and old forests generally fare best in terms of services they provide. more info

New era for gene banks

14/11/2018 | Leibniz Insitute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

In the past, practical applications of gene banks in breeding were limited. Now, researchers have characterised at the molecular level a collection of barley comprising more than 22.000 seed samples. more info

Big eyes but diminished brain power

18/07/2018 | Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre

Night-time activity makes its mark on fish brains: Despite having massive eyes, nocturnal fish have less brain tissue devoted to processing visual stimuli. more info

Brood care gene steers the division of labour among ants

28/06/2018 Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

A strict division of labour prevails in the ant colony. Scientists have identified a gene, whose activity regulates the sensitivity to brood scent and thus influences the brood care behaviour of ants. more info

Genetic diversity protects

31/05/2018 Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Diversity is the key: a team of researchers has succeeded in demonstrating experimentally that genetic diversity makes populations more resistant to disease. more info

Ant raids: It’s all in the genes

09/03/2018 | Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseen

Certain ants capture closely related ant species and make them work in their own colonies. The raids required to achieve this are controlled by different genes. more info

Partner selection in lemurs

14/02/2018 German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

Female lemurs have to select a male of their own species for mating. Red-fronted lemurs are able to differentiate between conspecifics and closely related sister species on the basis of facial color... more info

An underestimated threat

09/02/2018 Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

It is widely accepted that microplastics contaminate our oceans and are harmful to coastal and marine habitats. And yet what damaging effect do fragments of plastic have on terrestrial ecosystems? more info

Ancient Bird in an Oversized Tuxedo

08/01/2018 | Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Researchers described a hitherto unknown fossil giant penguin species. In their study they show that “gigantism” was not a rare occurrence in early penguins and probably developed as a result of the... more info

Maternal stress

11/12/2017 | German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

A new comparative analysis across mammals  shows that prenatal stress affects offspring in two different ways depending on the timing of the stressor during pregnancy. more info

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book publications

Biodiversity Offsets; European Perspectives on No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Wende, W., Tucker, G.-M., Quétier, F., Rayment, M., Darbi, M. (Eds.); 2018


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