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Screenshot: Bioenergy cropland expansion could be as bad for biodiversity as climate change, © Senckenberg

Bioenergy cropland expansion could be as bad for biodiversity as climate change (10/12/2018)
Nature is one of the beneficiaries of climate protection measures, among which bioenergy has long been touted as a potential savior. However, to reach the 1.5 degree goal, bioenergy crops will have to be cultivated on a large scale.... more

Screenshot: Mind the gap:  Managing forests for multiple benefits, © Senckenberg

Mind the gap: Managing forests for multiple benefits (22/11/2018)
European forests have a lot on their plate: they are supposed to produce timber, offer spaces for recreation and store carbon. A new study by scientists of University of Bern and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre now reveals, that forests with old trees, many different shrub species, and gaps in the canopy may be best suited to achieve this.... more

Screenshot: Giraffes: Equals Stick Together , © Senckenberg

Giraffes: Equals Stick Together (08/11/2018)
Using new, even more extensive genetic tests, Senckenberg scientists have now been able to show that the four giraffe populations identified as separate species practically never interbreed, even where they occur in close vicinity to each other.... more

Tundra Vegetation

New plants on the block: Taller species are taking over in a warming Arctic (27/09/2018)
The height of Tundra plant communities has increased over the past three decades... more


A bucket full of genes: pond water reveals tropical frogs (29/08/2018)
Senckenberg scientists were now able to demonstrate that the analysis of environmental DNA allows the reliable identification of the frog species that inhabit a body of water... more

Screenshot: Diet Change with Fatal Consequences, © Senckenberg

Diet Change with Fatal Consequences (29/08/2018)
Eastern European Woolly Mammoths changed their diet shortly before becoming extinct ... more

Sunbird Close Up

Animals and plants jointly conduct their coexistence (09/08/2018)
limatic conditions determine whether plant or animal species set the interaction rules that guide the networks between them as study recently published in “Nature Communications.” Shows.... more

Screenshot: Messel: Petrified Habitat, © Senckenberg

Messel: Petrified Habitat (26/07/2018)
Senckenberg publishes a new book about the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Messel Fossil Pit”... more


Big eyes but diminished brain power: Night-time activity makes its mark on fish brains (06/07/2018)
An international team, among them researchers of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, has discovered that despite having massive eyes, nocturnal fish have less brain tissue devoted to processing visual stimuli. ... more

Temnothorax ants engaged in brood care

Brood care gene steers the division of labour among ants (18/06/2018)
Scientists at the University of Mainz and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre have identified a gene regulating the division of labour among ants ... more

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian tiger mosquito on the move (18/05/2018)
Scientists at the Goethe University and the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung have found that the invasive Asian tiger mosquito has not yet arrived in all regions, where they would find a suitable environment.... more

Calcifying algae Emiliania huxleyi

Abrupt Rise in Sea Level Delayed the Transition to Agriculture in Southeastern Europe (22/03/2018)
Researchers of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, the Goethe University in Frankfurt and the University of Toronto have detected evidence of this oceanographic event in the fossils of tiny calcifying marine algae preserved in seafloor sediments in the Aegean Sea. ... more

Mount Kilimanjaro AHemp

Mountains become islands: Ecological dangers of increasing land use in East Africa (14/03/2018)
Researchers of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Centre and the University of Bayreuth have discovered that Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, is turning into an "ecological island". ... more

Temnothorax americanus

Ant raids: It is all in the genes (07/03/2018)
Researchers at the Senckenberg Nature Research Society and the University of Mainz recently discovered that the raids by slavemaker ants are controlled by different genes in each of several closely related ant species of the genus Temnothorax. ... more

Screenshot: Florale Schneckenpost , © Senckenberg

Florale Schneckenpost (13/02/2018)
Nicht-heimische Schnecken gelangen über Blumenhandel nach Europa... more

Egyptian Goose Tim Blackburn

Up to 16 % of Animal and Plant Species are Potential Emigrants (05/02/2018)
Overall, up to 16 percent of all animal and plant species have the potential to be transported to new areas by humans.... more

Bears on a road in Poland

Mammals move less in human-modified landscapes (25/01/2018)
On average, mammals move only half to one third of the distance in human-modified landscapes than they do in the wild. ... more

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The History of Humanity Does Not Require Rewriting: The "Case of Untermassfeld" (15/01/2018)
Senckenberg scientists refute a publication regarding a purported sensational archeological discovery... more

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