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Unexpected quantum effects in natural double-layer graphene

An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has detected novel quantum effects in high-precision studies of natural double-layer graphene and has interpreted them together with the University of Texas at Dallas using their theoretical work. This research provides new insights into the interaction of the charge carriers and the different phases, and contributes to the understanding of the processes involved. The results were published in Nature.

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Genes influence risk for global cattle disease

Two tiny mutations in the genome of cattle likely cause some animals to be significantly more susceptible to Digital Dermatitis, an extremely painful disease that is widespread in cattle kept indoors. The two candidate genes were discovered by an international team of researchers from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the University of Göttingen and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. The scientists analysed data from more than 5,000 dairy cows. The findings could help improve the breeding of disease-resistant animals. The results of the study were published in Frontiers in Genetics.

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Vanilla cultivation on fallow land promotes biodiversity

How can biodiversity be preserved whilst securing the economic livelihood of smallholder farmers growing vanilla in Madagascar? There is a way, according to a study by the Universities of Göttingen, Marburg and Hohenheim. The research team shows that vanilla plantations established on fallow land do not differ in terms of yield from those established in the forest. Cultivation on fallow land also increases biodiversity there.

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Putting quantum chemistry to the test

In the future, more and more medications, materials and catalysts will be designed, tested and further developed through computer simulations alone. However, in order to reach this stage, one requires algorithms accurate enough to predict real life chemistry. A particular example is catalysis, where the elementary rate constants (the speed at which reactions take place) can be modeled through quantum chemical methods. A Göttingen research team has now managed to determine the elementary rate constants for the recombination of hydrogen atoms on platin to form hydrogen molecules.

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Student research for climate protection

A team of students from the University of Göttingen is working on climate-neutral fuels: The eight students of the Master's program "Molecular Life Sciences" have now reached the finals of a United Nations (UN) sustainability competition with their project "From Waste Gas to Biofuel". All the projects in the final will be presented at the UN General Assembly in New York at the end of September and a winner will be chosen.

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Urban agriculture can promote bee communities in tropical megacities

Urbanization is a primary threat to biodiversity. However, scientists know little about how urbanization af-fects biodiversity and ecosystem services in tropical regions of the Global South. An international research team led by the Universities of Göttingen and Hohenheim in Germany, in collaboration with the University of Agricultural Sciences of Bangalore in India, investigated the effects of urbanization on bee communities in smallholder farms in and around Bangalore – a South Indian city with more than 13 million inhabitants.

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