Humanity shares its living space with up to 20 million other species — animals, fungi, plants, protists and bacteria. Of these, less than 2 million species have been scientifically recorded.
Biodiversity and ecosystem functions are of the utmost importance to humans: They provide us - free of charge, so to speak - with clean water, food and raw materials, and they have a stabilizing effect on the climate.
The loss of biodiversity and climate change count amongst the greatest challenges of the era. These factors exercise a mutual influence on each other.
The dynamics of the 'System Earth' have remained a focal point of research at Senckenberg to this day. What role did the planet's geodynamic processes play in bringing about life?