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Reforestation can only partially restore tropical soils

Tropical forest soils play a crucial role in providing vital ecosystem functions. They provide nutrients for plants, store carbon and regulate greenhouse gases, as well as storing and filtering water, and protection against erosion. Scientists at the University of Göttingen and the University of Minnesota in the USA have investigated how the properties and ecosystem functions of tropical soils change when forests are cut down, and whether reforestation can reverse such soil degradation. The results of the study are published in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment.

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Schöninger spears – mankind’s earliest wooden weapons

The Lower Saxony State Service for Cultural Heritage (NLD) and the University of Göttingen carry out research into the oldest wooden weapons that have ever been found. The project has been awarded a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) with funding of around €480,000. Over the next three years, an interdisciplinary team will use state-of-the-art imaging techniques to examine in detail the 300,000-year-old wooden objects from the internationally recognised Schöningen site in the Helmstedt district.

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Information on the coronavirus

What regulations with regard to the corona pandemic are currently in force at the University of Göttingen? How will the coming winter semester proceed? Under what conditions will courses take place? And when can I receive guests on campus? All information for students, staff and guests as well as our regular newsletter can be found here.

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Bumblebees benefit from faba bean cultivation

About one third of the payments received by farmers are linked to specific “greening measures” to promote biodiversity. The cultivation of nitrogen-fixing legumes is very popular. However, these measures have been criticized because the benefits for biodiversity are unclear. Now a team from the University of Göttingen, the Julius Kühn Institute and the Thuenen Institute in Braunschweig has investigated whether the cultivation of the faba bean can support wild bees.

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Paul de Lagarde (1827-1891) – scholar and anti-Semite

Who was Paul de Lagarde? A research team from the Department of Egyptology and Coptic Studies at the University of Göttingen, in collaboration with the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies in Potsdam (MMZ), has been working on a historical re-assessment of the life and work of the Göttingen Orientalist (1827-1891). In their work, the researchers have focussed on the political and ideological aspects of the scholar's œuvre, and in particular on Lagarde's anti-Semitism.

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Dr Patrick Weigelt is the 2020 winner of the Early Career Award

Dr Patrick Weigelt, an early career researcher in the field of biodiversity, macroecology, and biogeography at the University of Göttingen, will receive the Leopoldina Early Career Award 2020 presented by the Commerzbank Foundation. The prize is endowed with €30,000. The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina honors him for developing biodiversity databases and for his research on plant biodiversity.

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