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Promoting biodiversity-friendly landscapes - beyond organic farming

Is organic farming the only alternative to conventional agriculture to promote biodiversity in agricultural landscapes? An international research team led by the University of Göttingen questions this. According to the authors, a landscape mosaic of natural habitats and small-scale and diverse cultivated areas is the key to promoting biodiversity on a large scale in both conventional and organic agriculture. They state that political decision-makers will have to recognise this in order to achieve a corresponding paradigm shift in agriculture. more…


Integrate disciplines to conserve biodiversity

Valuable research results threaten to gather dust in university libraries if they are not put into practice. While transdisciplinary research seems to become increasingly important in sciences, funding programs and media, there are still many misunderstandings to be clarified. In their recently published article, ecologist Bea Maas from the University of Vienna and her international co-authors discuss the opportunities and challenges of this disciplinary integration. more…


Evolution of walking leaves

An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has studied the evolution of the walking leaves. Walking leaves belong to the stick and leaf insects that, unlike their approximately 3,000 branch-like relatives, do not imitate twigs. Instead, they wear large-scale extensions on their bodies and legs to mimic deciduous leaves in shape and colour. In the genetic family tree the researchers now created, the relationships of almost 100 species are determined. That is about two-thirds of all known species. more…


Solar-powered microbes to feed the world?

Microbes have played a key role in our food and drinks – from cheese to beer – for millennia but their impact on our nutrition may soon become even more important. An international research team led by a Göttingen University alumnus has now shown that using solar-panels to produce microbial protein – which is rich not just in proteins but also in other nutrients – is more sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly than growing conventional crops. more…


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Long-period oscillations of the Sun discovered

A team of solar physicists led by Professor Laurent Gizon of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen in Germany has reported the discovery of global oscillations of the Sun with very long periods, comparable to the 27-day solar rotation period. The oscillations manifest themselves at the solar surface as swirling motions with speeds on the order of five kilometers per hour. more…

Party meeting place Platz der Göttinger Sieben

For some weeks now, the Platz der Göttinger Sieben between the SUB and the ZHG has been increasingly used as a meeting place on weekends, most recently by up to 1,000 people at a time. As a University, we would like to offer our members and the citizens of Göttingen a stress-free opportunity to gather – after the months behind us. more…

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