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Beetle larvae think with a brain ‘under construction’

Im menschlichen Gehirn sind hundert Milliarden Nervenzellen auf komplizierteste Weise miteinander verknüpft, und nur wenn diese Verschaltungen richtig angelegt sind, kann das Gehirn richtig funktionieren. Das ist bei Insekten nicht anders, auch wenn ihr Hirn „nur“ aus Hunderttausend bis eine Million Nervenzellen besteht. Trotzdem lässt sich bei Insekten unerwartet kompliziertes Verhalten beobachten, zum Beispiel bei der Aufzucht der Nachkommen im Sozialstaat der Bienen oder bei der Suche der Steckmücken nach Blut. Das Gehirn entwickelt sich zu einem großen Teil im Embryo, aber in vielen Tieren vervollständigt es sich erst nach der Geburt. more…


Virtual Alumni Day – back on the campus for two hours

Reunions with old acquaintances and companions: the University of Göttingen and Alumni Göttingen e.V. invite alumni of the University to this year's virtual Alumni Day on Wednesday 4 November 2020. The Göttingen Alumni Association is making the best of the current situation by offering a two-hour online programme in which alumni can find out what and how people study and carry out research at Göttingen University today. more…


Vanilla cultivation under trees promotes pest regulation

The cultivation of vanilla in Madagascar provides a good income for small-holder farmers, but without trees and bushes the plantations can lack biodiversity. Agricultural ecologists investigated the interaction between prey and their predators in these cultivated areas by experimentally releasing dummy prey in order to determine the activity of the natural enemies. more…


High social and ecological standards for chocolate

Worldwide demand for food from the tropics that meets higher environmental and social standards has risen sharply in recent years. Consumers often have to make ethically questionable decisions: products may be available to the global market through child labour, starvation wages or environmental destruction. Building on an interdisciplinary project in Peru, this overview reports on the transition to responsible, high-quality cocoa production. more…


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In memory of Thomas Oppermann

We are deeply saddened by Thomas Oppermann's sudden death. In 30 years as a member of the state parliament and the Bundestag, he was influential in making a difference for southern Lower Saxony; as an alumnus of the University of Göttingen, he always maintained his close connections with us. Thomas Oppermann repeatedly and tirelessly committed himself to the welfare of the University and his commitment and support will be missed by us in a great many ways. more…

Top marks for academic subjects at University of Göttingen

In the current Shanghai Ranking, the following academic subjects at the University of Göttingen are in the top position in Germany: Agricultural Sciences, Statistics, and Ecology. The field of Chemistry shares first place with the Technical University of Munich. Dentistry, Psychology, Economics, and Law also achieved the top positions. In a worldwide comparison, Agricultural Sciences was in 24th place and Ecology 36th. more…

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