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How robust are ecosystems? Three key indicators hold the clues

Ecosystems provide a wide range of services to people. These services depend on basic ecosystem functions, which are shaped by natural conditions like climate, the mix of species and by human intervention. A research team including the University of Göttingen has identified three key indicators that describe the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. Monitoring these three indicators will make it possible to assess how adaptable an ecosystem is to climate and environmental changes. more…


Mite species survives without sexual reproduction

It was thought that the survival of animal species over a geologically long period of time without sexual reproduction would be very unlikely, if not impossible. However, an international research team of zoologists and evolutionary biologists has now demonstrated for the first time that some animals can reproduce successfully without sex in the long term, perhaps for millions of years. more…


“More support needed for pollination services in agriculture”

The global decline of pollinators threatens the reproductive success of 90 per cent of all wild plants globally and the yield of 85 per cent of the world’s most important crops. Pollinators – mainly bees and other insects – contribute to 35 per cent of the world's food production. The service provided by pollinators is crucial for securing food produced by the more than two billion small farmers worldwide. more…


Local wood with fire protection properties

Wood scientists at the University of Göttingen, together with the Swiss company Archroma, a global spe-cialty chemicals company, have developed a new method for turning affordable and ecologically friendly wood from European forests into high-quality, fire-resistant construction timber. more…


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Good ratings for academic disciplines at Göttingen University

In the most recent rankings by the National Taiwan University (NTU), Agriculture at the University of Göttingen achieves first place in Germany. The subjects of Environment/Ecology, as well as Plant & Animal Sciences, are also ranked first in Germany. The field of Natural Sciences achieved eighth place nationwide. more…

Long-period oscillations of the Sun discovered

A team of solar physicists led by Professor Laurent Gizon of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) and the University of Göttingen in Germany has reported the discovery of global oscillations of the Sun with very long periods, comparable to the 27-day solar rotation period. The oscillations manifest themselves at the solar surface as swirling motions with speeds on the order of five kilometers per hour. more…

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