On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Natural substances as an effective protective agent
    01/21/2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    Insecticides are suspected of having a damaging effect on birds and bees. A new study shows that when storing grain for more than 150 days, natural pesticides achieve the most effective results.

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  2. Electricity from the house wall
    01/21/2021 · Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

    Roofs are not the only suitable places for installing photovoltaic modules to generate electricity from the sun’s rays. Facades could also play a much more significant role in Germany’s energy transition.

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  3. The idea of an environmental tax is finally gaining strength
    01/20/2021 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    In 2020 the theory of environmental taxation has gained strength, important objections are being invalidated, and carbon pricing appears more efficient than regulations and bans.

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  4. Annual tax revenue losses in Germany
    01/20/2021 · ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

    Profit shifting to countries with particularly low corporate taxes causes the German public sector to miss out on EUR 5.7 billion in revenue each year.

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  5. Website of the German Nagoya Protocol HuB goes online
    01/19/2021 · Leibniz-Institute DSMZ–German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures

    The GNP HUB project sees itself as a contact point and source of support for academic researchers in Germany. The information is aimed at both newcomers and experienced researchers.

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  6. Berlin mix
    01/18/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Hedgehogs are not very mobile, yet despite barriers in the cityscape they do not become isolated and still function as one population. Now scientists analysed the genome of 143 Berlin hedgehogs.

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  7. New hope for northern white rhinos
    01/18/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Scientists are happy to announce that despite the challenges caused by COVID-19, two new northern white rhino embryos were produced. The next steps to save the endangered species are underway.

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  8. Stress lowers reproductive success
    01/13/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

    Scientists have found that stress seems to be more important in determining the number and quality of offspring than physical traits such as attractiveness and fighting ability in male spotted hyenas.

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  9. Enhanced speed, contrast, and information
    01/13/2021 · Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

    Xenon magnetic resonance imaging offers deep insights into the human body. Physicists have now achieved a considerable improvement of the method.

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  10. Can Twitter ban Trump?
    01/13/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut

    In order to study how online platforms decide what can be said online, a "Private Ordering Observatory" is being set up.

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  11. Bought, exchanged or looted?
    01/11/2021 · German Maritime Museum – Leibniz Institute for Maritime History

    Many museum objects date from the colonial era. How they ended up here is now being critically scrutinized worldwide. The research museum DSM also questions the origin of its objects.

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  12. Severe decline of puku antelope
    01/07/2021 · Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

    The results of the now published study show a decline of 84% of the puku population size compared to a previous survey in 2009-2010. Increased poaching might have had the most severe impact.

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  13. Guinea baboons grunt with an accent
    01/07/2021 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Scientists analyzed the sound structures of Guinea baboons to shed light on the evolution of vocal learning and were able to show a modification of their call in multi-level baboon society.

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  14. Drought of the century in the Middle Ages
    01/06/2021 · Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe

    The published study investigates the rapid climate change in the early 14th century and its effects on late medieval Europe. The findings also display similarities to the 2018 weather anomaly.

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  15. New synthesis in perfumery
    01/06/2021 · Leibniz Institute for Catalysis e. V. at the University of Rostock

    The woody-amber base notes to perfumes can be produced more efficiently in the future than before: with less effort and higher yields.

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  16. Fragmented rivers
    01/05/2021 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    The extent of river fragmentation in Europe is much higher than anyone had anticipated. A study shows opportunities for reconnecting streams and rivers.

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  17. Deep-sea plastic trap
    01/05/2021 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research

    As sediment samples from the Kuril-Kamchatka Trench show, plastic remains can even be found in the deepest oceans. The results show that the trenches on the ocean floor can serve as plastic sinks.

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  18. Light-emitting diodes to fight coronaviruses
    01/04/2021 · Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik

    Like bacteria and fungi, viruses can be inactivated by light. A project team is developing special UVC LEDs and is investigating parameters such as wavelengths, irradiation doses and virus habitats.

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  19. Shaper of the Open Science movement
    12/17/2020 · ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

    The director of the ZBW, Klaus Tochtermann, has been elected as one of eight members of the Board of Directors of the European Open Science Cloud Association.

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  20. Dangerous plans to regulate the River Oder
    12/17/2020 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    The River Oder is one of the last relatively near-natural large rivers in Europe. The plans to develop the river violate EU law and endanger not only the environment but also agriculture.

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