On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Gene therapy for poor eyesight
    05.06.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    With the help of a new therapeutic approach, the light sensitivity of degenerated retinas can be restored.

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  2. Making sense of climate scenarios
    04.06.2020 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    An interactive online platform is designed to help policy makers and businesses understand climate scenarios and better assess the threat of global warming.

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  3. DNA elimination in plants unveiled
    03.06.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics und Crop Plant Research

    By eliminating chromosomes some plants ensure that the DNA content between some of their organs differs. Researchers have now finally been able to explain the underlying mechanisms.

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  4. "Dead Urchin Walking" on the Ocean Floor
    03.06.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    In order to survive as prey, sea urchins have developed a high regenerative capacity. This is shown by photographs of a severely damaged echinoderm on the ocean floor off Spitsbergen.

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  5. The long way back into freedom
    29.05.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Contrary to expectations, the population of Przewalski’s Horse is not threatened by inbreeding. Reintroduced into the wild since 1992, the animals are the last surviving species of wild horse.

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  6. Same father, same face
    28.05.2020 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Mandrills with the same father look more alike than half-siblings who share the same mother – a result of selection that makes it easier to recognize each other as relatives.

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  7. Moving beyond conservation
    28.05.2020 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    Most environmental organizations have a common concern for conservation. But many of them are working on other issues that are often neglected in the discourse.

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  8. Measurement system for 5G applications is launched
    28.05.2020 · Ferdinand-Braun-Institut – Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik

    A new system enables unique measurements and research activities in the field of 5G telecommunications and space applications.

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  9. A chameleon in a knight´s armor
    27.05.2020 · Research Museum Alexander Koenig

    Spiny bones in the skin of a Malagasy leaf chameleonare are assumed to spoil the appetite of predators. It also seems very likely that they play an important role in the animal´s metabolism.

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  10. The genome of jojoba
    25.05.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    Jojoba is the only plant to store liquid wax in its seeds. A 3D view shows how the oil is distributed within the various tissues of seed.

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  11. Preserving crop diversity
    25.05.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research

    Today, there are more than 1,750 gene banks worldwide. In order to unlock their potential, a project aims to integrate the seed depots into an activated digital network.

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  12. Cultural tourism as a strategy for structural change
    25.05.2020 · The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

    Rural areas in Europe could particularly benefit from cultural tourism. But how can developments be initiated? A project investigates potentials in Lusatia.

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  13. What we will eat in the future
    25.05.2020 · Potsdam Institut for Climate Impact Research

    Which innovations have the potential to transform the food system sustainably? A study evaluates past successes and future technologies.

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  14. Fighting hospital germs with LEDS
    25.05.2020 · Ferdinand-Braun-Institut – Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik

    A novel LED irradiation system is developed to kill hospital germs with UVC light without damaging the skin. The device might also be interesting for corona viruses.

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  15. Vegetables meet fish
    25.05.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Aquaponics may have both environmental and cost benefits – if produced according to good agricultural practice and under suitable conditions.

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  16. When the Atlantic met the Alps
    19.05.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    The westerly-dominated wind system has determined Central European climate for 14.5 million years – and therefore longer than previously thought.

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  17. Immune response against corona infection
    19.05.2020 · Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors

    How well can certain antibodies indicate immunity against the virus? A specific measuring technique makes it possible to determine their quality.

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  18. Keeping up with the electorate
    19.05.2020 · Berlin Social Science Center

    Surveys directly affect the rhetoric of the German federal government – particularly when society deems topics to be important. This is shown by a new study.

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  19. Medicinal plants thrive in biodiversity hotspots
    14.05.2020 · Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry

    Not all plant species produce anti-infective substances in the same way. A new approach aims to facilitate the search for bioactive natural compounds and their hotspots.

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  20. A vegetarian carnivore
    12.05.2020 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Previous research suggested that the extinct European cave bear partly subsisted on meat and fish as well. In their study, researchers were able to refute this assumption.

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