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Dance of the honey bee reveals fondness for strawberries

Bees are pollinators of many wild and crop plants, but in many places their diversity and density is declining. A research team from the Universities of Göttingen, Sussex and Würzburg has now investigated the foraging behaviour of bees in agricultural landscapes. To do this, the scientists analysed the bees’ dances, which are called the “waggle dance”.

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Asylum law in Germany: fragmented, confusing and full of holes

The research report “Refugee Protection in Germany” by the EU project “Multilevel Governance of Migration (RESPOND)” paints a gloomy picture of the human rights protection for asylum seekers in Germany. Among other things, the authors speak of a “differential exclusion” of ever larger groups from German asylum law on the basis of more or less arbitrary criteria.

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Sustainability claims about rubber don’t stick

Many companies work hard to present an environmentally responsible public image. But how well do these claims stack up? In a new study led by the University of Göttingen, researchers investigated the claims regarding sustainability, including conservation and fair-pay, as presented by the French Michelin Group. The researchers then compared these claims with the effects described by local people in the village of Muara Sekalo in Indonesia.

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Travellers for the city: Göttingen's messengers and envoys in the Middle Ages

They maintained contact with the rest of the world, were constantly in danger, had to have an iron constitution and were paid by the mile: the Göttingen city messengers in the Middle Ages. Dr Dieter Neitzert from the Institute for Regional Historical Research at the University of Göttingen has studied them. In a recently published book, Neitzert documents for the first time an important period in the history of communication in the city of Göttingen.

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Apply now: Dorothea Schlözer Career Coaching

You are a female postdoc at the Göttingen Campus and would like to plan and advance your academic career in a more targeted way? You would like to have more interaction in a permanent group with fellow female scientists and scholars? The Dorothea Schlözer Career Coaching supports you in your career planning and development and prepares you for an executive position in academia. The current application period ends 31 January 2020.

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Claw disease tyloma is primarily genetic in cows

Scientists at the Universities of Halle-Wittenberg and Göttingen have succeeded in proving that a claw disease in cows is primarily genetic. Until now, the occurrence of interdigital hyperplasia has mostly been attributed to poor hygiene conditions in the barn. However, the team discovered a farm in which the disease occurred frequently and was able to identify the gene responsible. As a result, the disease may now be contained through selective breeding.

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