On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Climate change and COVID-19
    09.02.2021 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Climate change could have played a direct role in the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in southern China a hotspot for bat-borne coronaviruses, by driving growth of forest habitat favoured by bats.

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  2. Mini may beetles from China
    08.02.2021 · Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

    Scientists, in collaboration with Chinese researchers, have described 152 new species of “mini cockchafer”. Many of these species were mainly collected by amateur scientists.

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  3. White-nose syndrome in bat species
    04.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    White-nose syndrome, caused by a fungus, has become a major cause of death for hibernating bats in North America, while European bats survive when infected. What are the reasons?

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  4. Colorectal cancer and lifestyle
    04.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology

    Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers and increasing in younger individuals. The new LifeCRCscore provides a simple method to estimate their 10-year risk of developing colorectal cancer.

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  5. Microscopic enemies in the crosshairs
    03.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology

    Two bacterial species cooperate chemically with each other to fight off amoebae that generally consume them. They can provide impulses for the development of new drugs such as antibiotics.

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  6. Coworking space in rural areas
    03.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography

    How can the model of collaborative workspaces contribute to regional development in structurally weak regions? This is what a group of researchers will be investigating over the next four years.

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  7. From coelacanths to humans
    03.02.2021 · Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich

    Bitter receptors are a relatively recent invention of nature. What 400 million years of evolutionary history reveal about the function of both fish and human bitter receptors shows a recent study.

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  8. Ultrasound for drug activation
    01.02.2021 · DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

    A completely new approach allows controlled drug action, i.e., the ability of active ingredients to achieve only the desired effect. Apart from antibiotics, this affects drugs against cancer in particular.

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  9. Corona savings
    01.02.2021 · Halle Institute for Economic Research

    During the Corona crisis, European households increased their savings dramatically – not for fear of unemployment but for lack of spending opportunities.

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  10. Premiums for vaccine doses
    01.02.2021 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    The EU should pay tardy suppliers of Covid vaccines an additional premium for each extra dose delivered earlier. They would still be much cheaper than a prolonged lockdown.

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  11. Sulphate in water bodies
    01.02.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Acid rain seems to be a thing of the past, yet sulphate continues to rise in many inland waters worldwide. Researchers provide an overview of the sources and its effects on freshwater ecosystems.

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  12. Coffee enterprises have social responsibility
    01.02.2021 · Kiel Institute for the World Economy

    Due to the special structure of the global coffee trade, smallholders in coffee-growing countries have few opportunities to increase their value added and thus earn higher incomes.

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  13. Pan-European coronavirus action plan
    28.01.2021 · ifo Institute

    Given the high numbers and the new variants, scientists are calling to contain the virus across the whole continent.

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  14. One-two punch against corals
    28.01.2021 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    A new study shows that stress from rising water temperatures reduces the ability of corals to adapt to ocean acidification. The ocean heatwaves could lead to extensive bleaching events.

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  15. Corona genome sequencing: Portal for free data analysis launched
    28.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    A central German start-up company has launched a portal for the free analysis and processing of raw data from the genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 isolates.

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  16. In search of the “Golden Spike”
    28.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research

    The Golden Spike is used in geology to document the beginning of an epoch. Plastic particles could be used to identify the beginning of a new, not-yet formalised geological epoch, the Anthropocene.

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  17. Diabetes: New evidence underlines the role of obesity
    27.01.2021 · German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke

    Weight loss is considered to be an integral part of the therapy for type 2 diabetes. New data from a large-scale observational study support the current recommendations of physicians.

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  18. Cultural heritage as a factor for quality of life
    27.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

    With their historical centres, many towns and small cities in Germany and Europe have a unique quality of life. A list of relevant indicators ensures that this is more easily recognized.

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  19. White turns into (extreme-)ultraviolet
    26.01.2021 · Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy

    Researchers have developed a new method to modify the spectral width of extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) light. Its generation is interesting for applications such as electron spectroscopy.

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  20. Eye scan detects Alzheimer's disease
    25.01.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology

    Researchers have succeeded in discriminating between healthy and diseased retinal tissue.

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