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Broad beans versus soybeans as feedstuff for dual-purpose chickens

Current practices of the poultry industry have raised ethical and ecological concerns including the culling of day-old male chicks and the import of large quantities of soybeans for feedstuff. Now a research team at the University of Göttingen has investigated alternatives such as using a regional protein crop like broad beans and dual-purpose chicken breeds that are suitable for both meat and egg-laying. more…


Ecologists confirm Alan Turing’s theory for Australian fairy circles

Fairy circles are one of nature’s greatest enigmas and most visually stunning phenomena. An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has now, for the first time, collected detailed data to show that Alan Turing’s model explains the striking vegetation patterns of the Australian fairy circles. In addition, the researchers showed that the grasses that make up these patterns act as “eco-engineers” to modify their own hostile and arid environment. more…


Grocery shopping and nutrition after the lockdown: less eating-out and more price awareness

Researchers at the University of Göttingen have been conducting a nationwide consumer survey since mid-April to find out how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting shopping, eating and cooking behaviour. In mid-June, at a time of low infection rates and increasing relaxation of pandemic-related restrictions in Germany, the same consumers were surveyed again. A comparison of the data shows partly a return to behaviour patterns back to the levels before the pandemic. more…


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. more…


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Top marks for academic subjects at University of Göttingen

Im aktuellen Shanghai Ranking belegen die Fächer Agrarwissenschaften, Statistik und Ökologie der Universität Göttingen bundesweit den ersten Platz. Das Fach Chemie teilt sich den ersten Platz mit der TU München. Ebenfalls Spitzenplätze erreichten die Zahnmedizin, die Psychologie sowie die Wirtschafts- und Rechtswissenschaften. Im weltweiten Vergleich konnten sich die Agrarwissenschaften auf Rang 24 und die Ökologie auf Rang 36 platzieren. more…

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. more…

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