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Vanilla cultivation under trees promotes pest regulation - Pressemitteilung, 21.10.2020
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 investigat…
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High social and ecological standards for chocolate - Pressemitteilung, 19.10.2020
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…
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Māori ancestors return home - Pressemitteilung, 16.10.2020
In 1834, the University of Göttingen received, via the then reigning royal house of the United Kingdom, two Toi moko (preserved Māori tattooed heads) originally from New Zealand. These Toi Mok…
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Plant genetic engineering to fight ‘hidden hunger’ - Pressemitteilung, 15.10.2020
More than two billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient malnutrition due to deficiencies in minerals and vitamins. Poor people in developing countries are most affected, as their diet…
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More diversity needed in oil palm plantations - Pressemitteilung, 14.10.2020
The growing global demand for palm oil has led to a rapid spread of oil palm monoculture plantations in South East Asia. Often associated with the loss of natural habitat and biodiversity, oil…
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Safely on the way to effective tumour cell killing - Pressemitteilung, 13.10.2020
Chemists at the University of Göttingen have developed new cytotoxic drugs which could revolutionise antibody-based tumour therapy approaches. The research team succeeded in modifying the natu…
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Can organic plant protection products damage crops? - Pressemitteilung, 30.09.2020
Protecting crops against pests and diseases is essential to ensure a secure food supply. Around 95 percent of food comes from conventional agriculture, which uses chemical pesticides to keep c…
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Hand pollination, not agrochemicals, increases cocoa yield and farmer income - Pressemitteilung, 28.09.2020
Cocoa is in great demand on the world market, but there are many different ways to increase production. A research team from the University of Göttingen has now investigated the relative impor…
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Broad beans versus soybeans as feedstuff for dual-purpose chickens - Pressemitteilung, 23.09.2020
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.…
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Ecologists confirm Alan Turing’s theory for Australian fairy circles - Pressemitteilung, 22.09.2020
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, collecte…
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Grocery shopping and nutrition after the lockdown: less eating-out and more price awareness - Pressemitteilung, 17.09.2020
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 …
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Schöninger spears – mankind’s earliest wooden weapons - Pressemitteilung, 15.09.2020
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 awa…
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Reforestation can only partially restore tropical soils - Pressemitteilung, 15.09.2020
Tropical forest soils play a crucial role in providing vital ecosystem functions. They provide nutrients for plants, store carbon and regulate greenhouse gases, as well as storing and filterin…
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Bumblebees benefit from faba bean cultivation - Pressemitteilung, 10.09.2020
About one third of the payments received by farmers are linked to specific “greening measures” to promote biodiversity. The cultivation of nitrogen-fixing legumes is very popular. However, the…
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Paul de Lagarde (1827-1891) – scholar and anti-Semite - Pressemitteilung, 09.09.2020
Who was Paul de Lagarde? A research team from the Department of Egyptology and Coptic Studies at the University of Göttingen, in collaboration with the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Je…
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