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Oribatid mites: No sex, no problem

Sexual reproduction is linked to various benefits for the survival of a species. Amongst others, sex counters the accumulation of accidentally occurring deleterious mutations by allowing for exchange of genetic material. Now scientists of the Universities of Göttingen and Lausanne found out, that ancient asexual oribatid mites are more effective in purging deleterious mutations as compared to their sexual relatives.

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Göttingen University advances to next stage of Excellence Strategy competition

Göttingen University and its Göttingen Campus affiliates are in the running for grant money from the Excellence Strategy funded by the German Federal and State Governments. In early April of 2017, the University submitted six draft proposals for Clusters of Excellence. It has now been allowed to submit full proposals for four clusters.

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Cocoa agroforestry is less resilient to extreme drought than cocoa in full sun

A new study based on detailed field measurements in West Africa shows cocoa agroforestry to be less drought resilient than previously thought. The study was conducted by doctoral student Issaka Abdulai of the Tropical Plant Production and Agricultural Systems Modelling (TROPAGS) division of the University of Göttingen.

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Attractive research location for international scientists

The University of Göttingen continues to be in high demand amongst international researchers. In its 2017 Humboldt Rankings, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has given sixth place in Germany to the University—with its total of 152 guest scientists.

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From bacteria to birds: tropical plantations disrupt biodiversity

A research team at the University of Göttingen has conducted a large-scale study in Indonesia to understand how the conversion of rainforest to rubber and oil palm plantations alters biodiversity of these ecosystems. The researchers found that land-use change directly reduces the number of different species as well as the number of individual plants and animals.

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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.

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