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Tasty sausage without painful castration procedure for male piglets

Processing meat of male pigs that haven’t been castrated is challenging, as the animals‘ fat tissue can develop specific odours. In a joint research project, scientists from the University of Göttingen investigated how tainted boar meat can be processed in ways which ensure a stable product quality. The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The results were published in Meat Science. more…


How one small village in Germany reinvented itself to ensure its survival

How can communities living together in rural areas be developed to ensure that they continue to exist and thrive? Much emphasis has been placed on innovation within urban areas. However, new research shows that rural communities can also play a pivotal role in generating solutions for sustainability. Using the village of Heckenbeck in southern Lower Saxony as an example, researchers from the University of Göttingen investigated what these communities need to continue to flourish. more…


How fungi influence global plant colonisation

The symbiosis of plants and fungi has a great influence on the worldwide spread of plant species. In some cases, it even acts like a filter. This has been discovered by an international team of researchers with participation from the University of Göttingen. The results appeared in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. more…


Researchers get to the bottom of fairy circles

Fairy circles are round gaps in arid grassland that are distributed very uniformly over the landscape and only occur along the Namib Desert in southern Africa and in parts of Australia. Various theories circulate about the actual cause of these unusual spatial patterns. Scientists from the University of Göttingen, Australia and Israel have now got to the bottom of their cause with soil investigations and drones. more…


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New Edition of Solar System School

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science is set to begin a new future now including an additional partner: the University's Geosciences Centre. more…

Health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

For 2019, I would like to wish health, happiness and personal and professional success to all students, staff, guests and alumni of Göttingen University and Göttingen Campus. I am certainly looking forward to working together with you in the future and to an eventful New Year! Your President Ulrike Beisiegel more…

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