Research results, projects, events: On this page you will find a selection of news from the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity.
  1. Logo Dresden Nexus Conference

    DNCi2023 report published: Protecting biodiversity | What can Saxony do?
    12/19/2023 · IOER

    How can actors in Saxony contribute to the fulfilment of global biodiversity goals? This question was the focus of the Interim Dresden Nexus Conference (DNCi2023) in summer 2023, a regional workshop format related to the international Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC). The summary of the results has now been published by the three organising institutions: United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and TUD Dresden University of Technology.

    read more

  2. Only the moon: a lake without light pollution

    When darkness disappears: How light pollution is changing aquatic life
    11/30/2023 · IGB

    Humans have traditionally settled near water, which is why light pollution levels are particularly high along coastlines, rivers and lakes. Excessive artificial light in freshwater environments has far-reaching consequences for aquatic organisms and entire ecosystems. But what exactly happens to light underwater? How do animals perceive it? And how do organisms adapt their body functions and behaviour to it? These and other questions are at the heart of scientific research into light at Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), and why not all light is the same.

    read more

  3. Sulphur mollies swim in shoals and behave similarly to a brain that reacts to external stimuli. | Photo: Juliane Lukas, IGB

    Contagious behaviour: Social conformity in animals and humans can be useful, but also dangerous
    09/28/2023 · IGB

    Animal behavioural research is fascinating, not least because it reveals information about how we humans interact with each other as social beings. Behavioural biologists at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) are deeply involved in exploring the ways in which communities like schools of fish make decisions and the factors that influence individuality. Current research shows that behaviour can be “contagious”. It also reveals the role that anticipation plays in collective decision-making – and that even genetically identical individuals raised under the same conditions can develop different character traits.

    read more

  4. 10MustKnows24 authors and coordinators from the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity, FEdA and iDiv | Photo: Maike Reichel, PIK

    10MustKnows24 authors convened in Leipzig for Writing Workshop
    09/20/2023 · Leibniz Biodiversity, FEdA and iDiv

    On 20 September the 10MustKnows24 authors and coordinators from the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity (Leibniz Biodiversity) and the BMBF Research Initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversity (FEdA) convened at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig for their central writing workshop.

    read more

  5. © K. Karkow. Three people are standing in a field on the left side of the picture. One man is showing something to the other persons to the right. in the background cereals in the foreground blue blossoms

    Biodiversity in agricultural landscapes requires flexible framework conditions: EU research project Contracts 2.0 publishes handbook for policymakers
    06/05/2023 · ZALF

    On today's 50th World Environment Day, the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) published the handbook "Co-Creating Contracts", which results from an EU Horizon 2020 research project. The coordinator of the project, Professor Bettina Matzdorf, emphasises that more innovative approaches such as cooperative and results-oriented agri-environmental measures should be implemented in practice in close cooperation between science and practice and that experimental spaces such as living labs should also be used for this purpose. In the Contracts 2.0 project, approaches such as co-design and bottom-up principles as well as the involvement of all relevant stakeholders played an essential role.

    read more

  6. A fox sits on a wall in a residential area and turns towards the viewer

    Nature in the city ticks differently: a map of urban ecology research provides an overview
    05/03/2023 · IGB

    How do animals and plants survive and thrive in cities? Urban ecology is a growing research field. To find orientation in the information jungle on urban ecology, a team led by Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) and Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) has created a map of 62 important research hypotheses in urban ecology. Among them are the idea of the daring city dweller, life on credit or the biological monotony of cities. Research has yet to show how robust the hypotheses are and to which cities they apply. The overview provides an important basis for this endeavor. It is openly available in Wikidata.

    read more

  7. Detail of several conference tables lined up next to each other. In the background is a large screen with a graph showing the development of wheat yields. The participants of the discussion group (9 people in total) are sitting at the tables.

    Leibniz Lunch at the Bundestag "130 Days After the World Biodiversity Conference": Stimulating exchange between science and politics
    04/28/2023 · Leibniz Association and Leibniz Biodiversity

    At the invitation of Leibniz President Professor Martina Brockmeier and the Chairman of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment Kai Gehring, MdB, Leibniz Biodiversity presented the latest scientific findings and important contexts relevant for the implementation of the global biodiversity framework goals in Germany 130 days after the World Biodiversity Conference. PD Dr Kirsten Thonicke (PIK), Professor Jörg Overmann (DSMZ) and PD Dr Kerstin Drastig (ATB) gave scientific presentations on climate, biocultural biodiversity, biodiversity-friendly incentives, invisible biodiversity, digital sequence information, sustainable agriculture, food and water. In a subsequent discussion moderated by Eva Rahner (PIK), the topics were discussed and deepened with the political representatives.

    read more

  8. Knut the polar bear can be seen stuffed from the side. Two arms in white coats protrude into the picture from the right: one of them combs the dead bear's fur, the other touches its snout.

    Polar bear Knut reminds us of our responsibility
    04/01/2023 · MfN

    Knut attracted millions of people to the Berlin Zoological Garden. On March 19, 2011, he died at the age of only four, many people grieved the death of the polar bear. Today he stands as a taxidermy in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and reminds us all how threatened our planet is by man-made climate change and species loss. Like hardly any other animal species, polar bears have become a symbol for the consequences of climate change.

    read more