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Tropical forest resilience to seasonal drought linked to nutrient availability

Tropical forests are highly productive ecosystems accounting for nearly half of the global forest carbon sink. If tropical forests can no longer remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the effects of climate change may become even more severe. In recent times, these forests have been found to be increasingly limited in nutrients, which may affect their resilience to seasonal droughts and the rate at which they can remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. To investigate, researchers set up Africa’s first largescale nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium addition experiment in the Budongo Forest of Uganda.

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Evolutionary genomics: consequences of biodiverse reproductive systems

A new Research Training Group (RTG) in Biology at the University of Göttingen has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The RTG, entitled "Evolutionary Genomics: Consequences of Biodiverse Reproductive Systems (EvoReSt)", benefits from an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the evolution of genomes in organisms which use different forms of reproduction from the entire "Tree of Life".

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Regional differences in bird diversity in agroforestry systems

The diversity and ecological functionality of bird communities in tropical agroforestry systems are shaped by the surrounding landscape. An international research team led by Göttingen University investigated the composition and ecological traits of bird communities in 23 cacao agroforestry systems in Peru. The scientists found very different results depending on the region, and therefore emphasise the importance of tailoring agroforestry management strategies accordingly.

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Genomes of “star algae” shed light on origin of plants

Land plants cover the surface of our planet and often tower over us. Developing their morphological complexity is underpinned by intricate networks of genes. Among those algae most closely related to land plants, diverse body types are found – from single-celled algae to complex cell filaments. From this group of relatives, researchers have now generated the first genome data of such complex specimens, on four filamentous “star algae” of the genus Zygnema. Their results appeared in Nature Genetics.

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Quantum electronics: Charge travels like light in bilayer graphene

An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has demonstrated experimentally that electrons in naturally occurring double-layer graphene move like particles without any mass, in the same way that light travels. Furthermore, they have shown that the current can be “switched” on and off, which has potential for developing tiny, energy-efficient transistors – like the light switch in your house but at a nanoscale. The results were published in Nature Communications.

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Prestigious awards for the humanities at Göttingen University

Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Irene Schneider and linguist Professor Hedde Zeijlstra from the University of Göttingen have each been awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC will fund their projects for five years with a total of 2.5 million euros each. In addition, histo-rian Dr Anna Dorofeeva will lead a project within an Advanced Grant led by the University of Leicester. Around 550,000 euros of the funding will come to the University of Göttingen for this project.

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