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A tomato for everyone: “Sunviva” for the good of all

Plant breeders at the University of Göttingen and Agrecol have launched a joint initiative to protect seeds as common property. Agrecol developed an "Open Source Seed Licence", which legally protects seeds as commons (ie a natural resource accessible to all members of society) and thus protects them from patent-ing and similar issues such as “plant variety protection”. The results were published in the journal PLoS Biology. more…


What the helium tail of the exoplanet reveals

An international team of researchers with participation from the Institute of Astrophysics at the Universi-ty of Göttingen has discovered that the gas exoplanet (ie a planet outside our solar system) WASP-69b, drags a comet-like tail of helium particles behind it. Driven by the radiation of its central star, the gas es-capes from the atmosphere of the exoplanet. The results were published in the journal Science. more…


Clues from the skin tissues of a Jurassic ichthyosaur

Spectacular soft-tissue fossil (MH 432; Urweltmuseum Hauff, Holzmaden, Germany). Cells, cellular organelles and original biomolecules have been discovered in preserved soft parts of an approximately 180-million-year-old ichthyosaur (literally ‘fish-lizard’). Photographic (top) and diagrammatic (bottom) representation of the 85-cm-long fossil (which corresponds to roughly half of the original length of the animal). Courtesy of Johan Lindgren.

An international team of researchers with participation from the University of Göttingen has investigated the skin and pigmentation of a fossil ichthyosaur. The results were published in the journal Nature. Ichthyosaurs are extinct marine reptiles that resemble modern toothed whales, such as dolphins. Their simi-lar appearance suggests that ichthyosaurs and whales evolved similar strategies to adapt to marine life. more…


The sustainable development of the EU through law

Peter-Tobias Stoll, Professor for Public and Public International Law at the University of Göttingen, has successfully acquired a "Jean Monnet Chair" as part of the Erasmus+ programme. The three-year project entitled "European Union and Global Sustainable Development Through Law" is funded by the European Commission with 50,000 euros. more…


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Leibniz Prizes for two Göttingen MPI researchers

The Göttingen scientists Dr Melina Schuh from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and Professor Ayelet Shachar from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity have been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2019 by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The University of Göttingen congratulates them on this great success. more…

U4 network celebrates its tenth anniversary

For ten years now, the universities of Göttingen, Ghent, Groningen and Uppsala have formed the international network "U4". The four partner universities have been working closely together in research, teaching and management since 2008. The eleventh U4 Rectors' Conference takes place in Göttingen on 22 and 23 November 2018. more…

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