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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…


Māori ancestors return home

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 Moko are now returning there: on Thursday 15 October 2020, the two Toi moko were handed over to the Māori and to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (known as Te Papa) during a ceremony at the University of Göttingen. more…


Plant genetic engineering to fight ‘hidden hunger’

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 diets are typically dominated by starchy staple foods, which are inexpensive sources of calories but contain low amounts of micronutrients. In a new article, an international team of scientists, involving the University of Göttingen, explains how plant genetic engineering can help to sustainably address micronutrient malnutrition. more…


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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…

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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