On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Iceberg in calm sea, water partly frozen

    New early-warning signals detected
    18.05.2021 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Parts of Greenland may be on the verge of tipping. Because of rising temperatures the destabilization of the ice sheet has begun and the process of melting may escalate already at limited warming levels.

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  2. Cake counter in a café, various cakes and price board

    Industries have different opinions on Coronavirus Aid
    11.05.2021 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    While the hospitality industry finds the aid satisfactory, retailers are much more critical.

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  3. slightly bent giraffe in front of a green background

    Giraffe genomics support four species
    10.05.2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Comprehensive genetic analyses confirm four different giraffe species and seven subspecies. The results have great significance for animal conservation.

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  4. Aerial view of the old town of Görlitz.

    Testing the city of the future
    05.05.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

    From autumm 2021, it will once again be possible to test living and working in Görlitz for free. The participants should use their stay to deal with the topics of climate neutrality and sustainable urban development.

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  5. Close-up of a tanuki on a green forest floor with foliage.

    Virus-host on the advance
    04.05.2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Researchers have sequenced the genome of a raccoon dog for the first time. They see potential for transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

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  6. Screen attached to a fishing boat showing thermal imaging.

    Angling 4.0: Technology meets nature
    29.04.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)

    Underwater cameras, drones and fishing apps bring benefits for anglers - but can also increase inequality in catches and pose risks to fish stocks.

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  7. Row houses with well-kept front gardens, in one of them two elderly ladies are sitting and talking.

    Opportunities of reverse mortgages
    27.04.2021 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    Reverse mortgages allow consumers to take loans against their real estate assets to bridge the gap in their retirement income. The market here is not well developed yet - but could grow significantly in the future.

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  8. Reduced inhibition
    27.04.2021 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research (DPZ)

    Researchers have shown that an antibody used for COVID-19 therapy is unable to effectively inhibit SARS-CoV-2 harboring a spike mutation acquired in minks.

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  9. Close-up of the glass fish Danionella dracula

    Transparent fish
    26.04.2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research (SGN)

    "Danionella dracula" lacks a skull roof, allowing the study of the brain in the living animal.​ The tiny fish is currently becoming an important model organism in neurophysiological research.

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  10. How do plants sense ambient temperature?
    22.04.2021 · Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)

    Leibniz plant biologist Philip Wigge has been awarded a prestigious ERC Advanced grant.

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  11. Tobias Spielmann receives ERC Advanced Grant
    22.04.2021 · Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM)

    The European Research Council funds cutting-edge research on drug resistance in malaria parasites.

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  12. ERC Advanced Grants for Leibniz astrophysicists
    22.04.2021 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)

    Grantees Lutz Wisotzki and Christoph Pfrommer both aim at improving our understanding of galaxy formation.

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  13. Three people sit by the lake in the park.

    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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  14. Diver swims on the ocean floor.

    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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Slightly blurred image of greenish-yellow barley against a black background

    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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  19. 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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  20. 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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