On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. The vicious circle of drought
    15.03.2017 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could increase the risk for self-amplified forest loss. A great variety of tree species in a forest patch can significantly strengthen the chance...

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  2. First it was cows – now it’s larvae!
    14.03.2017 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Chaoborus spp is a small fly that uses methane to help it move around. A research demonstrates the negative role played by the larvae not just in global warming.

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  3. Simulating cellular sorting processes
    08.03.2017 · DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

    Researchers developed a set of different, micrometer-sized building blocks, which can self-sort and co-assemble into defined compositions and disassemble at the push of a button. Using this particles, scientists try to simulate...

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  4. Incorrect gene activation causes cancer
    27.02.2017 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Researchers verified that a lack of methyl groups in the gene body leads to an incorrect gene activation and, as a consequence, to the emergence of cancer. Chemical regulation of gene expression could be a new target for cancer...

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  5. Austerity policy counterproductive
    22.02.2017 · The German Institute for Economic Research

    Drastic savings measures in Spain, Portugal and Italy neutralized the effects of structural reform. The countries affected relapsed into recession without having improved their financial picture.

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  6. Together unpredictable
    14.02.2017 · Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    When hunting, sailfish increase their success rate by specialising in one attacking side. Because they hunt in groups, their prey is unable to predict from which side the attack will occur.

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  7. Harvests in the US suffer from climate change
    14.02.2017 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. Increased irrigation can help to reduce the negative effects of global warming on crops - but only in specific regions.

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  8. Little Impact on Aggressive Tax Planning
    14.02.2017 · Centre for European Economic Research

    The aggressive tax planning efforts of companies such as Google or Apple are aimed at effectively reducing corporate tax burdens. A recent study carried out that current combatting strategies are not effective enough.

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  9. Global threat to primates concerns us all
    20.01.2017 · German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    When primates become extinct, the living conditions for humans will soon deteriorate dramatically. Scientists demand immediate measures to protect primates.

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  10. Epigenetic Changes Promote Development of Fatty Liver
    10.01.2017 · German Institute of Human Nutrition

    Mice with a strong tendency to obesity already exhibit epigenetic changes at six weeks of age. This favors the development of a fatty liver. Changes in DNA methylation are also detectable in humans and suggest a similar causal...

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