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Tropical deforestation releases large amounts of soil carbon

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Deforestation of natural tropical forests for the establishment of oil palm, rubber and cacao plantations causes large amounts of carbon to be released into the atmosphere. Scientists at the University of Göttingen have shown that up to 50 percent of the carbon stored in the soil can be lost when replacing tropical forests with these types of plantations. more...



Improved veterinary service for livestock is significant for leopard conservation

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In the surroundings of wildlife conservation areas, human-wildlife conflicts over livestock predation are common. One example is the Golestan National Park in Iran. It retains the largest single population of the globally endangered Persian leopard. In all 34 villages around the national park a research team led by Goettingen scientists studied the main determinants of livestock predation. more...



Distinguished for commitment to higher education

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The President of the University of Göttingen, Professor Ulrike Beisiegel, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Edinburgh. Professor Beisiegel was thereby honoured for her outstanding contributions in a leading position within the higher education system on the national and international level. more...



New mechanism for regulation of plastic phases in brain development

Scientists from Göttingen University discovered a new mechanism to control time windows of high adaptability in the brain: a signaling scaffold of the postsynapse governs the duration of critical periods in early brain development. Published in the renowned American journal PNAS. more...