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Plant diversity increases insect diversity

The more plant species live in grasslands and forests, the more insect species find a habitat there. However, the presence of more plant species does not only increase insect species richness, ie the number of species, but also insect abundance, ie the number of individuals. Simultaneously, animal diversity is not only determined by plant diversity, but also by the physical structure of the plant communities. These are the results of an international collaboration which included participation from the University of Göttingen. more…


New Plant Breeding Technologies for Food Security

An international team, including researchers from the University of Göttingen, argues in a perspective article recently published in “Science” that new plant breeding technologies can contribute significantly to food security and sustainable development. Genome editing techniques in particular, such as CRISPR/Cas, could help to make agriculture more productive and environmentally friendly. The researchers advocate the responsible use and support of these new technologies. more…


What "Big Data" reveals about the diversity of species

"Big data" and large-scale analyses are critical for biodiversity research to find out how animal and plant species are distributed worldwide and how ecosystems function. The necessary data may come from many sources: museum collections, biological literature, and local databases. Researchers at the University of Göttingen have investigated how this wealth of knowledge can best be integrated so that it can be trans-ported into the digital age and used for research. more…


Race at the edge of the Sun: ions are faster than atoms

Ions move faster than atoms in the gas streams of a solar prominence. Scientists at the University of Göttingen, the Institut d'Astrophysique in Paris and the Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno have observed this. The results of the study were published in The Astrophysical Journal. more…


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"Science is for Everyone"

As in previous years, the University of Göttingen supports this year’s March for Science in Göttingen, which will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Under the local banner "Science is for Everyone", the organisers aim to draw attention to the need for freedom of science and to promote understanding and trust in science. The third March for Science begins at 10 a.m. at the Gänseliesel with a family-friendly warm-up. more…

New Edition of Solar System School

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science is set to begin a new future now including an additional partner: the University's Geosciences Centre. more…

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