On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Biodiversity makes you happy
    31.03.2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    The higher the number of plant and bird species in a region, the healthier the people who live there. This was found by a new study in Germany.

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  2. Groundwater: Blessing or curse?
    31.03.2021 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    A new study highlights the major importance of nutrient inputs to coastal oceans from groundwater. Such nutrients can play a critical role in coastal ecosystems worldwide.

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  3. Reduced antibody protection
    25.03.2021 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Cell culture studies show that mutated viruses are less susceptible to inhibition by antibodies from recovered or vaccinated individuals.

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  4. The male ego has no need for redistribution
    25.03.2021 · Kiel Institute for the World Economy

    Women are more in favor of income redistribution than men. This gender discrepancy is only evident when earnings are uncertain and depend on one's own performance.

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  5. Oxygen-depleted seas
    25.03.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    An investigation on climate change and its effects on the “dead zones” of the Baltic Sea showed that a reduction in the size of these areas can be achieved by 2100.

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  6. New method for genome assembly
    25.03.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    A research team has now investigated a new DNA sequencing method. The results are very promising and could be used to assemble barley genomes in the future.

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  7. Toxicity to birds of prey
    24.03.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    The increased use of chemicals has had toxic effects on wildlife. A new scientific investigation shows that these substances are widely found in liver tissues of birds of prey from Germany.

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  8. Cosmic web filaments
    18.03.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    Astronomers for the first time directly mapped cosmic web filaments in the young universe, less than two billion years after the Big Bang. The observations uncovered faint galaxies in the young universe.

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  9. The last meal
    16.03.2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Researchers were able to document pollen from various plant species in the abdomen of the approximately 47-million-year-old fly and to emphasize the flies‘ role as pollinators.

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  10. Dynamics in the heart of the Baltic Sea
    16.03.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    With the help of highly resolved realistic model simulations physicists have succeeded in depicting the so-called submesoscale dynamics in the Eastern Gotland Basin.

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  11. Limiting water stress risks
    09.03.2021 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    To avoid a substantial increase in water scarcity, biomass plantations for energy production need sustainable water management, a new study shows.

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  12. Do known drugs help against SARS-CoV-2?
    09.03.2021 · Deutsches Primatenzentrum - Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung

    Repurposing of already available medication for COVID-19 therapy is an option to shorten the road to treatment development. The drug Camostat could be suitable.

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  13. Women on the board
    09.03.2021 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    Women on the board of companies have a positive impact on their value. A study examined the corporate board structure in seven European countries.

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  14. When wolves became dogs
    09.03.2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Dogs are generally considered the oldest domestic animals. The European domestic dog is presumed to have originated in Southwestern Germany.

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  15. 67 trillion particles
    09.03.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    In total, about 67 trillion microplastic particles enter the Baltic Sea each year. A study offers new insights into behaviour, sinks and reduction measures.

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  16. Intelligent plant seeds
    09.03.2021 · INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials

    The EU project I-Seed is developing intelligent plant seed-inspired soft robots that disperse on and in the soil to monitor soil and climate parameters.

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  17. Potential for remote working remains untapped
    04.03.2021 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    In Germany, many more people could be working from home. According to a recent study, only around 30 percent of employees worked from home in February.

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  18. Gulf Stream System at its weakest
    04.03.2021 · otsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Never before in over 1000 years the Gulf Stream System has been as weak as in the last decades. It is relevant for weather patterns in Europe and the US.

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  19. Bitter and anti-inflammatory
    03.03.2021 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology

    Resveratrol is a plant compound with anti-inflammatory properties found in red grapes. A recent study has now shown that the bitter receptor is involved in this effect.

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  20. Colonial history of North German Lloyds
    03.03.2021 · Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum - Leibniz-Institut für Maritime Geschichte

    As one of the largest shipping companies in the German Empire, Norddeutscher Lloyd plays an important role in the investigation of the history of colonial objects.

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