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The benefits of biodiversity to agriculture are evident

People must ensure the greatest possible biodiversity in order to secure access to nature's freely available resources for the future. It is just not enough to rely on a few species as pollinators or pest controllers. This is the conclusion drawn by an international research team, which included participation from the University of Göttingen. The results were published in the journal Science Advances. more…


Always on beat: ultrashort flashes of light under optical control

Ultrashort laser pulses have enabled scientists and physicians to carry out high-precision material analyses and medical procedures. Physicists from the Universities of Bayreuth and Göttingen have now discovered a new method for adjusting the extremely short time intervals between laser flashes with exceptional speed and precision. The intervals can be increased or decreased as needed, all at the push of a button. Potential applications range from laser spectroscopy to microscopy and materials processing. more…


Lost in Combat?

Recent archaeological investigations in the Tollense Valley led by the University of Göttingen, the State Agency for Cultural Heritage in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the University of Greifswald have unearthed a collection of 31 unusual objects. Researchers believe this is the personal equipment of a Bronze Age warrior who died on the battlefield 3,300 years ago. This unique find was discovered by a diving team and seems to have been protected in the river from the looting, which inevitably followed fighting. more…


Red is best: the most desirable tomato

Tomatoes are the most widely consumed vegetables across Germany. In the supermarket, a large number of different varieties are offered. Consumers, however, are usually unaware of the differences and may choose a variety that does not taste the best. A research team from the University of Göttingen examined tomato characteristics and consumer preferences when buying tomatoes. The results were published in the British Food Journal. more…


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Bomb disposal on Saturday, 12 October 2019: these buildings will remain closed

Due to the disposal of a suspected bomb and, therefore, the evacuation of the Schützenanger area of the City, the buildings around the University’s central campus will remain closed on Saturday 12 October 2019. A complete list of the buildings can be found here. more…

Males of a feather flock together

"Birds of a feather flock together" or rather "opposites attract"? A recently published study on male macaques in Thailand speaks for the former: behavioural biologists from the German Primate Centre and psychologists from the University of Göttingen have observed that the more similar male Assamese macaques are in their personality, the closer they get and the stronger their social bonds. more…

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