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

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  1. The picture shows an alligator gar.

    Alarming results
    09.08.2019 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    From 1970 to 2012, global populations of freshwater megafauna declined by 88 percent – twice the loss of vertebrate populations on land or in the ocean.

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  2. Safe transport
    09.08.2019 · Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

    A new process for cancer treatment transforms proteins and antibodies into stable, highly functional drug transporters, with which tumor cells can be detected and killed.

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  3. The picture shows a palm with colourful plastic particles.

    Indestructible particles
    06.08.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    Might bacteria rid the oceans of microplastics? A comprehensive review study bursts all hope.

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  4. The picture shows a child with a muffin.

    Childhood overweight
    02.08.2019 · WZB Berlin Social Science Center

    When mothers and fathers work long hours, their preschool children are more likely to become overweight or obese.

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  5. The picture shows an idyllic tropical coast.

    Sustainable tourism
    31.07.2019 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    Wastewater management is a major problem in rapidly developing nature tourism communities along tropical coasts. A new project aims to develop sustainable solutions.

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  6. The picture shows an apple tree.

    Better quality control
    31.07.2019 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich

    A new methodology for the simultaneous analysis of odorants and tastants could simplify and accelerate the quality control of food in the future.

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  7. Immortal Planarians
    30.07.2019 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Starvation has a positive impact on stem cells in Planarians. Researchers now succeeded in decoding the underlying molecular mechanisms.

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  8. The picture shows a black-fronted tamarin in the rainforest of Peru.

    Little helpers
    29.07.2019 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    If tropical rainforests are destroyed, they will recover very slowly, if at all. A long-term study now reveals the role monkeys play in the regeneration of these important ecosystems.

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  9. The picture shows a Eurasian blue tit.

    Animals at risk
    24.07.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Birds are not adapting fast enough to keep up with rapid climate change.

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  10. Protein gap
    22.07.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology

    Recycling of organic waste and unparalleled breeding efficiency: the black soldier fly and its protein-rich larvae could be used for animal feed.

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  11. The picture shows a cheetah in the zoo.

    Successful reproduction
    22.07.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Cheetahs in zoos often do not reproduce in the desired manner. Researchers have now found a key to the issue: the age of the mothers at the first pregnancy.

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  12. The picture shows the flight of a pollen cloud.

    Pollen in the air
    22.07.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    Pollen not only cause allergies, but also have an influence on the climate. Using laser beams researchers now aim to find out more about the properties of these tiny particles.

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  13. The picture shows the Milky Way and the central Galactic bar.

    Galactic archaeology
    16.07.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    A new 3D view of the Milky Way reveals the central Galactic bar for the first time.

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  14. Drug design
    16.07.2019 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich

    In addition to taste perception, bitter receptors also fulfill other physiological functions, for example, in the human immune system. A new substance should help to explore these.

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  15. The picture shows an albostrians barley.

    Striped barley
    15.07.2019 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    Pigmentation allows insights into important gene functions and regulations. One of the key genes involved in this process has been identified.

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  16. The picture shows a 115 million year old lily.

    Tropical discovery
    15.07.2019 · Museum für Naturkunde

    Researchers discovered the oldest completely preserved lily. The 115 million year old Cratolirion is one of the earliest known monocotyledonous plants.

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  17. The picture shows shots taken by a microscope.

    Prevent Diabetes
    11.07.2019 · German Institute of Human Nutrition

    Researchers have found that intermittent fasting reduces pancreatic fat. The latter may play a decisive role in the development of type 2 diabetes.

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  18. Ancient murder
    10.07.2019 · Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

    Researchers have solved a 30,000-year-old murder. Contrary to previous expectations, the earliest modern European fell victim to an act of violence.

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  19. The picture shows a blue sky and rising emissions.

    Climate mitigation
    09.07.2019 · Kiel Institute for the World Economy

    If Europe wants to succeed with the Paris Climate Agreement, it has to extend the European Emissions Trading Scheme to all sectors and greenhouse gases.

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  20. The picture shows the development of three-dimensional microelectronics.

    Magnetic origami
    09.07.2019 · Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden

    Inspired by folding art: a new method uses external magnetic fields for the targeted production of three-dimensional micro devices with outstanding performance and high yield.

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