On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.

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  1. The picture shows the winners of the Ralf Dahrendorf Prize.

    Prizewinning „Tomatofish“
    16.05.2019 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    A research team at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries received the Ralf Dahrendorf Prize for a resource-saving breeding method.

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  2. Climate change and migration
    13.05.2019 · Berlin Social Science Center

    Climate change refugees are accepted by the public in Germany at a far higher rate than economic refugees. However it is often difficult to seperate the reasons why people flee in the first place.

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  3. The picture shows a Sturgeon.

    Fit sturgeons
    10.05.2019 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Sturgeon training can increase their fitness for the wild. Already a two-week learning lead made the search for food more efficient. This may facilitate the reintroduction of the endangered species.

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  4. The picture shows a Clownfish.

    Long live Nemo
    24.04.2019 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Clownfish have a lifespan of about 20 years. The fish could be a new interesting animal model for research on longevity.

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  5. Singing nightingale
    24.04.2019 · Museum für Naturkunde

    A citizens' research project calls on people all over Germany to record nightingales in their surroundings.

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  6. Bioinspired plaster
    18.04.2019 · INM - Leibniz Institute for New Materials

    Scientists developed adhesive structures for the treatment of eardrum injuries. The Gecko-inspired plaster not only adhere reliably, but it is also expected to improve the healing process.

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  7. Mysterious Ape
    15.04.2019 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    Approximately one million years ago at least three additional species of hominids shared the habitat of Homo erectus on Java – a higher diversity than previously assumed.

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  8. Food in focus
    12.04.2019 · German Institute of Human Nutrition

    When other people look at groceries in the supermarket, they become more appealing to us.

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  9. Bitter salt
    12.04.2019 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich

    Scientists identified a bitter receptor that reacts to various salts. The discovery helps to develop new therapeutics for, for example, heart disease.

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  10. True compass
    05.04.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Bats rely heavily on vision when orienting over long distances since echolocation is error-prone. A study reveals the mechanisms a migratory mammal uses for navigation.

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  11. Main driver
    05.04.2019 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    The burning of fossil fuels is fundamentally changing our planet. A computer simulation confirms how outstandingly important changes in CO2 levels are for Earth’s climate.

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  12. Going with the flow
    04.04.2019 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Faecal bacteria are known to contaminate waters. A new model should manage the acute or sustained microbial spread in rivers.

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  13. Expensive spice
    04.04.2019 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    Saffron is the most expensive spice worldwide and it is mainly cultivated in Iran. A study shows that the plant originated from a Greek ancestor in Attica.

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  14. Protective proteins
    04.04.2019 · German Institute of Human Nutrition

    Insulin is responsible for the fine-tuning of brain function in the central nervous system. When administered through the nose, it reduces hunger for high-sugar and high-fat food.

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  15. Primordial metabolism
    03.04.2019 · Leibniz-Institute DSMZ–German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures

    Microbiologists discovered how microbes could grow from iron-sulfur-mineral conversions – an early form of energy metabolism on primordial Earth.

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  16. Combat fake news
    27.03.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut

    In view of the changing practices of today’s users, there is no circumventing the need to develop rules for the governance of social media. Five guidelines provide direction.

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  17. Cytogenetic torch
    27.03.2019 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    Researchers have developed a new CRISPR/Cas9 based molecular visualisation method that enables real-time investigation of genome sequences without denaturating the chromatin structure.

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  18. The picture shows a green landscape.

    Protected habitats
    22.03.2019 · Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei

    The network Natura 2000 is effective in protecting important habitat types in Germany.

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  19. Prickly danger
    13.03.2019 · Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung

    A recent study identified a close relative of the diphtheria causing bacterium in hedgehogs. The bacterium has already been detected in native wildlife species and can be transmitted to humans.

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  20. The picture shows a rainforest.

    Climate change
    06.03.2019 · Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung

    Regions of the Amazon forest with generally higher rainfall variability are more resilient to climate disturbances.

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