On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. City view of San Francisco coloured red by fires

    Considering catastrophe
    08/02/2022 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    The world needs to start preparing for the possibility of a "climate endgame", scientists say.

    read more

  2. Smoking chimney

    Pollution from wood combustion
    07/26/2022 · Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    The population living in mountain valleys is more affected by air pollution than previously assumed. A large part of this is due to heating with wood, as a new study has found. 

    read more

  3. Lake Rummelsburg in Berlin in the evening light

    How cities urbanise water sources
    07/25/2022 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Bacterial communities in urban waterbodies are distinctly different from those of rural lakes in surrounding regions. The process can drastically favour specific bacteria over others and change the makeup of the microbiome. 

    read more

  4. Elephants in a waterhole

    Triple crisis for Africa's biodiversity
    07/11/2022 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research - Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research

    The impacts of climate change, population growth, and land-use change threaten Africa's biodiversity. Almost all protected areas are affected by at least one of these factors.

    read more

  5. Close-up of an eye

    An eye on genes
    07/07/2022 · Senckenberg Society for Nature Research - Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research

    A team of scientists discovered previously unknown genes in their large-scale genomic analysis with important roles in the eye. 

    read more

  6. Red parasol in front of the sun

    More heat in Europe
    07/05/2022 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Heatwaves over Europe have increased faster than in the rest of the northern mid-latitudes. A study shows that these heat extremes are linked to double jet streams.

    read more

  7. Photo plate imaging star clusters

    Astronomical treasure chest
    07/04/2022 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    The fourth data release of the APPLAUSE project offers a total of 94,000 digitised astronomical photographic plates - including, for the first time, digitised images of the Vatican Observatory.

    read more

  8. Minor protection
    07/04/2022 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Infections with the old omicron subvariants provide little protection against the new ones. They are inhibited less efficiently by antibodies.

    read more

  9. Bioblitz in the Botanical Garden in Tbilisi

    Biodiversity in the Caucasus
    06/23/2022 · Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

    Researchers and Citizen Scientists worked together to record biodiversity in the Caucasus. The Project led by the LIB yielded a large number of first records of animal species.

    read more

  10. Fragile balance
    06/23/2022 · Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute

    The yeast Candida albicans can be life-threatening especially for immunocompromised people. Researchers have now found that human intestinal cells play an important role in fighting fungal infections.

    read more

  11. Elderly man stretches child in the air

    Preprogrammed Aging
    06/21/2022 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Blood stem cells lose their functionality in old age. Researchers have now found a gene mechanism that is responsible for these processes - and is already pre-programmed in youth. 

    read more

  12. Four elderly people on the move

    More unique with age
    06/21/2022 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    The intestinal flora changes with old age. Until now, it has been assumed that our modern lifestyle causes these changes. However, according to new findings it is likely that the underlying process has evolved.

    read more

  13. Blurred bicycle traffic

    Policies change people
    06/13/2022 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    People's preferences regarding climate policy are more malleable than often assumed. The researchers’ advice to policy makers is to take changing preferences into account when tailoring policies. 

    read more

  14. Rhythmical deep sleep
    06/07/2022 · German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research

    Todays anesthesia enables completely painless procedures. Researchers have now investigated what exactly happens in our brain during this process.

    read more

  15. Satisfaction after system change
    06/07/2022 · ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

    The democratisation of the GDR has had different effects on opponents and supporters of the GDR’s political regime. Former opponents are significantly happier with the new democratic system than they were before.

    read more

  16. Reef off Curaçao

    Climate change adaptation
    05/31/2022 · Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

    A new study calculates the extent to which large reefs will be able to acclimate to ocean warming. The model simulations show that the adaptation of the corals is not sufficient to protect them in the long term. 

    read more

  17. Flying squirrels without and with ultraviolet irradiation

    Glowing mammals
    05/09/2022 · Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science

    Recent discoveries highlighted that the fur of various mammal species glows in shades of pink and red when exposed to ultraviolet light. Researchers identified the molecule porphyrin as the source of this property.

    read more

  18. Bee on open flower

    Open Access works
    04/28/2022 · TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology

    Open access is the free access to scholarly publications. A new study confirms its benefits and clarifies reservations. 

    read more

  19. Green wheat field

    Global trade, not self-sufficiency
    04/27/2022 · Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sent prices soaring for agricultural commodities. Open and competitive global trade is needed to overcome trade disruptions and create supply structures. 

    read more

  20. Integration in rural areas
    04/26/2022 · Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography

    The Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography has published a brochure with guidelines for the effective integration of non-EU migrants in rural regions of Central Europe.

    read more