A new level of magnetic saturation
An international group of astronomers lead by scientists from the University of Göttingen has detected unexpectedly strong magnetic fields on the surface of a few fast rotating M dwarf stars. For a long time it was thought that the dynamo in these stars saturates with a maximum magnetic field strength of about four kilogauss (kG) if a star rotates faster than a particular rotation rate. The researchers now discovered that some fully convective M dwarfs generate even stronger fields of up to about seven kG.
Believed long-lost amber stones with inclusions now rediscovered
The Königsberg amber stone collections - amounting to almost 20,000 stones, approximately 12,000 of which contain inclusions of insects and other organisms - are now being entrusted to and scientifically curated by Göttingen University for Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz. The curator of Göttingen University's Geoscience Museum recently discovered materials in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University that can be assigned to the Königsberg collection. In June 2017, almost 400 valuable pieces were reunited with the collection curated in Göttingen.
Increase in cocoa yields through ecological intensification
Cocoa is one of the world's most widely traded commodities. The optimisation of pollination is an essential factor for increasing yields. However, only around five to ten percent of cocoa flowers are pollinated by natural means. As part of his doctoral thesis, Manuel Toledo-Hernández, an agricultural ecologist at the University of Göttingen, analysed studies on the pollination of cocoa plants from the past 70 years.
The function of tiny organisms
Tiny organisms are the object of postdoctoral studies by French biologist Dr. Amandine Erktan at the University of Göttingen and the Freie Universität Berlin. With funding by the European Union in the form of a Marie Curie Fellowship, Erktan will be conducting her research partly in the labs of Göttingen’s Animal Ecology Working Group under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Stefan Scheu.
DFG funds Göttingen research training groups
Commencing in September 2017, the German Research Foundation (DFG) is planning to fund a new research training group (RTG) on forest sciences at Göttingen University. Concurrently, the DFG extended funding for an international RTG at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) for another four and a half years starting in October 2017.
In eigener Sache: neues Design für die Internet–Seiten der Universität
Seit dem 10. Juli haben die Internet-Seiten der Universität ein neues Aussehen und sind auch auf Mobilgeräten besser lesbar.