Press archive

11.12.2015
Study finds there is less knowledge about global species diversity than previously assumed

26.11.2015
Using sphere packing models to explain the structure of forests
New modelling approach to assess the distribution of different tree sizes in natural forests

17.11.2015
Every species counts
The value of biodiversity is particularly high in poor environmental conditions

15.10.2015
Biodiversity stabilizes ecosystems during climate extremes
International grasslands study finds benefits of multiple species under wet, dry conditions

14.10.2015
New concept to help set priorities in water management
Simplification: a concept linking complexity and niche diversity in ecosystems

12.10.2015
Allergic asthma: UFZ researchers identify a key molecule

07.09.2015
Mongolia: The Sustainable Use of Scarce Water Resources
MoMo project implements practical solutions

13.08.2015
Diversity provides stability among the animals in the wild
Study about moths explains, why insect pests occur in some years

09.07.2015
Rapid decline in bumblebee species caused by climate change, study finds

30.06.2015
Europeans have unknowingly contributed to the spread of invasive plant species in North America
94 percent of species had previously been cultivated

22.06.2015
What Droppings Can Tell Us
With the right techniques, genetic analysis is uncovering more secrets about the distribution and numbers of the threatened Eurasian otter

28.05.2015
Humboldt Professorship for UFZ and MLU: Tiffany Knight bolsters biodiversity research

19.05.2015
Nature provides solutions to Europe’s woes?

30.04.2015
Silicon: An important element in rice production

01.04.2015
Diversity prevents resistance
Habitats rich in species therefore make it easier to combat pests

31.03.2015
Climate change: bacteria play an important role in the long term storage of carbon in the ocean

25.03.2015
A Metabolic imbalance increases the risk of respiratory diseases in childhood

19.03.2015
LEGATO annual conference: Rice ecosystem services in South-East Asian landscapes

16.03.2015
Omics methods: Towards a better prediction of the effects of substances at very low doses

09.03.2015
Bioelectrochemical processes have the potential to one day replace petrochemistry
Lysine production as an example shows potential savings

26.02.2015
Amphibian chytrid fungus reaches Madagascar
Over 290 endemic species are at risk

25.02.2015
Agricultural insecticides pose a global risk to surface water bodies
The first global map to be produced on potential insecticide contamination

24.02.2015
Key genes for establishment of symbiosis between mycorrhiza fungi and trees evolved a repeatedly amount of time
International research team depict important genomes

19.02.2015
Fighting Decline of Pollinators in Europe

28.01.2015
Research projects contribute to shaping EU regulation to control invasive species
The first Europe-wide legislation to combat alien species with far-reaching consequences

14.01.2015
Renewable resources reach their limits
Humanity should use planetary resources with care

18.12.2014
Pilot plant for the removal of extreme gas charges from deep waters

15.12.2014
New floor covering can lead to breathing problems in babies
Pollutant levels before birth are apparently more critical than after

23.10.2014
Ambitious EU targets for renewable energies make economic sense
In implementing energy policy, member states must be allowed degrees of freedom

20.10.2014
Later supper for blackbirds in the city
Artificial light gives birds longer to forage for food.

20.10.2014
In between red light and blue light: Leipzig researchers discover new functionality of molecular light switches

07.10.2014
Due to landscape fragmentation, Brazil's rainforests are releasing more carbon dioxide than previously thought
Effect has so far been missing in reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

11.09.2014
Study: „The biomethane market needs clear frame conditions for further growth“

09.09.2014
The saplings go their own way
A new explanation for the dominance of generalists among tropical trees

03.09.2014
Natura 2000 could do a great deal more for nature protection
Researchers present results of major EU project

06.08.2014
Scaling in ecology and biodiversity conservation explained in a book and an online tool

23.07.2014
Junk DNA not as worthless as once thought
Researchers discover precise regulation mechanisms and suspect correlation with immune response

22.07.2014
New water balance calculation for the Dead Sea
Climate change could have a bigger impact on water resources in Jordan than in Israel and Palestine

15.07.2014
Socio-economic change more of a problem for nomads than climate change
Study on the impacts on livestock farming in arid regions

16.06.2014
Chemical pollution of European waters is stronger than anticipated
Large-scale study shows: Ecological targets of the Water Framework Directive will presumably not be met

06.06.2014
New EU reforms fail European wildlife

20.05.2014
Fairy circles apparently not created by termites after all
New study of mysterious bare patches in Namibian grasslands supports theory of self-organisation

22.04.2014
UV-radiation data to help ecological research

11.03.2014
Exotic plant species alter ecosystem productivity
Researchers from the UFZ warn that ecosystems will change dramatically

04.03.2014
Are plants more intelligent than we assumed?
In the fight against parasites, the Barberry sacrifices its own seeds depending upon its chances of survival

20.01.2014
Micropredators dictate occurrence of deadly amphibian disease
A new study raises hope to successfully fight the chytrid amphibian pathogen

11.12.2013
Each food fish can cause specific allergies
Research into protein provides new insight into fish allergies

10.12.2013
Biodegradable or not?
Scientists are developing classifications in order to better differentiate readily-biodegradable from long-lasting pesticides

06.11.2013
Infected butterflies lead geneticists up the garden path
UFZ researchers illustrate the weaknesses of DNA barcoding

05.11.2013
Global map provides new insights into land use
UFZ researchers show the complexity of land use by mapping its common patterns

21.10.2013
The potential of straw for the energy mix has been underestimated
Study: Straw could supply energy to several millions of households in Germany

07.10.2013
Smoking affects molecular mechanisms and thus children’s immune systems
For the first time UFZ study describes the effects of prenatal environmental stressors on the regulation of microRNAs

01.10.2013
New Centre for Water Research
The TU Dresden and UFZ join forces

26.09.2013
Can bacteria combat oil spill disasters?
Scientists examine the alternatives to toxic dispersants

24.09.2013
Artificial lighting and noise alter biorhythms of birds
Nights are definitely shorter in the city centre

03.09.2013
Fish Embryos Possess a Mechanism for Protection against Chemicals
UFZ researchers discover function of protein as transporter of toxic chemicals in the zebrafish embryo

23.07.2013
Populations of grassland butterflies decline almost 50 % over two decades

27.06.2013
Placing flood mitigation on four pillars
UFZ researchers draw conclusions from the 2013 floods and outline what must be done in future to mitigate these consequences

17.06.2013
Pesticides significantly reduce biodiversity in aquatic environments
Current pesticide risk assessment falls short of protecting biodiversity

03.06.2013
Modern dragons endangered - The relentless Exploitation of Asian Giant Lizards revealed

27.02.2013
Too much vitamin D during pregnancy can cause food allergies
The Leipzig Helmholtz study indicates a link between high vitamin D levels in expectant mothers and increased infant allergy risks.

23.01.2013
Santiago de Chile will get drier and warmer
Scientists from Chile and Germany present recommendations of how to adapt the Latin American Megacity to climate change

17.01.2013
GI tract bacteria may protect against autoimmune disease
Researchers show that altering gut microbes protects against disease, supporting the ‘hygiene hypothesis’

14.12.2012
Fertile soil doesn't fall from the sky. The contribution of bacterial remnants to soil fertility has been underestimated until now

23.11.2012
Climate change evident across Europe, confirming urgent need for adaptation

14.11.2012
Smoking affects allergy-relevant stem cells
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research investigates the relationship between environmental influences and stem cell development for the first time

26.10.2012
Triclosan needs to be monitored

22.10.2012
UFZ is breaking new grounds in water management
Project Implementation Office established at the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation

18.10.2012
Food vs. fuel: Is there surplus land for bioenergy?

18.10.2012
A European-wide network for systematic GMO impact assessment

24.09.2012
New methods might drastically reduce the costs of investigating polluted sites

20.09.2012
Major update to Europe’s ‘alien’ species catalogue

17.09.2012
Protecting ecosystems brings benefits to society
A synthesis report for policy makers

31.08.2012
Stable isotopes a universal tool. Isotope researchers meet in Leipzig

30.08.2012
Scientists call policy-makers to be scale-aware

26.07.2012
Teamwork against Benzene
The carcinogenic harmful substance benzene can seriously impact the soil and ground water following chemical accidents or at old industrial sites

25.07.2012
Contaminant Transport in the Fungal Pipeline
Fungi are found throughout the soil with giant braiding of fine threads. However, these networks have surprising functions

31.05.2012
The first pilot wastewater treatment plant with integrated wood production opened in Mongolia
UFZ researchers are developing new concepts for the combination of ecological wastewater treatment and energy production.

31.05.2012
Study: Pesticide authorisation procedures fail to ade-quately protect biodiversity in rivers

27.04.2012
Global Prices of Pollination-dependent Products such as Coffee and Cocoa Could Continue to Rise in the Long Term

23.04.2012
How the Ecological Risks of Extended Bioenergy Production can be Reduced
Researchers present a modelling tool

18.04.2012
Live fast, die young
New study shows that plant species living in urban backyards are closer related to each other and live shorter than plant species in the countryside

28.03.2012
How to save Europe’s most threatened butterflies

14.03.2012
Great International Interest in the Value of Nature
Leading environmental economists meet at the UFZ in advance of the Rio sustainability summit

12.01.2012
Largest seabird alters their foraging due to climate change
Adapting to changing environmental conditions in the Southern Ocean

09.01.2012
Birds and butterflies are unable to track climate change
European study reveals for the first time impacts on a large scale

16.12.2011
Rapid rise in wildfires in large parts of Canada?
Ecologists show for the first time threshold values for natural wildfires

12.12.2011
Economy and Ecology: Reconciling economic development and the conservation of Europe’s Biodiversity
Special Issue on ALARM Project Explores Europe’s Ecological Futures

06.12.2011
Insecticides an increasing problem in future for streams in Europe
Pollution growing particularly in the Baltic Sea region according to study

13.10.2011
Pesticides pollute European waterbodies more than previously thought
List of chemicals to be monitored should be updated immediately

10.10.2011
Europe and the global food crisis
Press release for World Food Day, 16 October 2011

05.10.2011
Distribution Atlas of Butterflies in Europe
A baseline for the conservation of a core element of biodiversity

28.09.2011
Productivity of land plants may be greater than previously thought
Researchers recommend the reworking of global carbon models in NATURE

20.09.2011
If insurance companies pay out too often, farmers will be threatened with ruin in the long term
First study on the ecological consequences of rain-index insurance

15.09.2011
Plants create a water reserve in the soil
Experiments performed at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) reveal that a zone of higher water concentration exists around the roots of a plant

05.09.2011
Poor outlook for water quality in Germany
Good quality status of water bodies required in EU by 2015 unlikely to be attained, reveals study

11.08.2011
Hydrogen highway in the deep sea
Max Planck Researchers discover hydrogen-powered symbiotic bacteria in deep-sea hydrothermal vent mussels

13.07.2011
Chile is more dangerous for Argentina than vice versa
Researchers investigate the spread of invasive plant species in South America and Australia

13.06.2011
LEGATO - a major international project on sustainable development of rice ecosystems in Southeast Asia to be launched on 14th June in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

26.05.2011
Modern EU agriculture jeopardises biodiversity in new member states
Study from Romania highlights the importance of traditional agriculture in protecting amphibians

27.04.2011
Evolution in the back yard
Census of 750,000 banded snails leads to surprising results

24.03.2011
Untapped potential
Fungi set to be deployed against hazardous chemicals far more often

20.12.2010
Globalisation burdens future generations with biological invasions
The consequences of the current high levels of socio-economic activity on the extent of biological invasions will probably not be completely realized until decades into the future

08.12.2010
Scientists: The fire in Israel is a typical example of climate change effects in the Mediterranean
Climate forecasts for the region predict an advance of the desert about 300 kilometers to the north

October 2010
Bangladesh - Arsenic in the water
Helmholtz Centre tests new arsenic-detection kit ARSOlux in Bangladesh

20.10.2010
TEEB Report Puts World’s Natural Assets on the Global Political Radar

09.09.2010
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Local and Regional Policy Makers report launched at major biodiversity conference in Ghent

26.08.2010
Scientists receive 2010 Erwin Schrödinger Prize for developing "arsenic detector"

24.06.2010
Pleasing to the eye
Even brooding female birds are sensitive to visual stimulation

29.07.2010
Signs of reversal of Arctic cooling in some areas
New data indicate rapid temperature rise in the coldest region of mainland Europe

16.06.2010
Consequences of being rich: wealth and population are key drivers of invasive species in Europe

09.06.2010
Chinese-German collaboration yields new species of Large Blue butterfly

03.06.2010
Politics is a key factor in biodiversity
Scientists present the first ever Atlas of Biodiversity Risk

19.03.2010
First German-Jordanian research and demonstration facility for decentralised wastewater technology opens in Jordan
Researchers develop new decentralised wastewater management concepts for the Middle East

02.03.2010
Were short warm periods typical for transitions between interglacial and glacial epochs in prehuman times?
Researchers evaluate climate fluctuations from 115,000 years ago

01.02.2010
Participatory processes in the European Union can be improved
Junior scientists submit recommendations for environmental legislators

29.01.2010
Less beekeepers throughout Europe
A first-time overview of the population trends for honey bee colonies and beekeepers in Europe

15.12.2009
Species distribution models are of only limited value for predicting future mammal distributions
Competition plays a decisive role in climate change adaptation

11.12.2009
Europe’s flora is becoming impoverished
And thereby losing the ability to react to environmental changes

09.12.2009
Tropical forests affected by habitat fragmentation store less biomass and carbon dioxide in the long term
Conserving continuous forests is important for mitigation of climate change

07.12.2009
White, but not pure
Scientists detect PCBs on America’s highest peak

26.11.2009
When roots lose contact
Drought-related shrinking processes detected in living roots in the soil for the first time

13.11.2009
TEEB report released on the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for National and International Policy makers

29.10.2009
ERC provides millions for biodiversity research
Scientists research coexistence in species-rich communities

04.09.2009
Pesticides - Easier detection of pollution and impact in rivers

02.09.2009
Time to Tap Climate Change-Combating Potential of the World’s Ecosystems
Inaction Already Threatening Multi-Billion Dollar Coral Reef Services and Livelihoods of Half a Billion People

31.08.2009
Bioavailable contaminants come from the Exxon Valdez oil catastrophe
Researchers disprove theory that natural coal deposits are the source of environmental pollution

14.08.2009
German butterfly experts export know-how
Now butterflies are also being counted in China, Australia and Israel.

21.07.2009
When children have breathing problems
UFZ researchers involved in improving air quality in La Plata’s industrial zone

03.07.2009
A question of height
What Europe can learn from the successful reintroduction of a once extinct butterfly in Britain

22.04.2009
Ecologists Put Price Tag on Invasive Species
Research reports costs of invasive species’ damage to ecosystem services

07.04.2009
Fitting pieces for biosensors
New book provides an overview of aptamer development and applications

02.04.2009
Are tungsten carbide cobalt nanoparticles harmful to health?
Results from the BMBF-funded INOS project

30.03.2009
New theory on largest known mass extinction in the history of the earth
Did volatile halogenated gases from giant salt lakes at the end of the Permian Age lead to a mass extinction of species?

26.03.2009
Climate change aims need to be better integrated into land use planning, economic and transport policies

13.03.2009
Seven recommendations from Aarhus to COP15!

12.03.2009
A sustainable water supply for Brasília

26.01.2009
Climate change enhances grassland productivity
More frequent freeze-thaw cycles intensify soil processes

21.11.2008
11,000 alien species invade Europe
A comprehensive overview

13.11.2008
Acrylic glass made of sugar
New enzyme could revolutionise production of plastics.

05.11.2008
Extreme weather postpones the flowering time of plants
A severe drought period changes nature as much as a decade of global warming

17.10.2008
Impacts of climate change on lakes

09.10.2008
What causes cellular defences to crumble ...
Mussels possess a cellular barrier against toxicants that can be breached by environmental chemicals

24.09.2008
Vegetation hardly affected by extreme flood events
First publication on the impacts on flora and fauna of the Elbe flood of 2002

23.09.2008
Fires regenerate African grassland
Are fires more important than rain for the savannah ecosystem?

23.09.2008
Similarity of urban flora
New study shows that plants in towns and cities are more closely related than those in the countryside

17.09.2008
Significant increase in alien plants in Europe
Detailed overview available for the first time

15.09.2008
Economic value of insect pollination worldwide estimated at 153 billion euros

14.08.2008
Drinking water in Gaza Strip contaminated with high levels of nitrate
Manure and wastewater are polluting the water and endangering infant health

13.08.2008
Climate change threatens one in five plant species
Climate change alters growing conditions in many regions of the world. How global warming could affect Germany’s flora researchers have now simulated using computer models.

29.07.2008
Let the cat keep chasing the mouse
Ecological modellers create a scientific basis for a nationwide network of corridors to conserve the European Wild Cat

09.07.2008
Tunguska catastrophe: Evidence of acid rain supports meteorite theory

19.06.2008
New findings on immune system in amphibians
Researchers unravel complexity of the major histocompatibility complex in tailed amphibians

18.06.2008
Stress during childhood increases the risk of allergies
Moving house, separating or unemployed parents cause sensitisation

05.06.2008
Otters reveal their identity
- tell-tale deposits help nature protection

04.06.2008
The Cormorant - the "black plague" or an example of successful species conservation?
Researchers suggest an action plan to smooth the conflict between fishermen and conservationists

27.05.2008
When the blue butterfly bush blossoms
Why invasive species have an advantage over established native ones.

26.05.2008
Exhibition: Millions of Ways of Life – Research for Biological Diversity

21.05.2008
Biodiversity as a natural resource

21.05.2008
Plague of kangaroos threatens one of Australia’s last remaining original native grasslands
German and Australian researchers investigate the consequences of urbanisation

13.05.2008
Deep Sea Methane Scavengers Captured

07.05.2008
New gas sensors for monitoring carbon dioxide sinks
A world novelty first presented at IFAT 2008

06.05.2008
Arable land can have a negative impact on air quality
Farmland dust cloud from the Ukraine detected in Germany for the first time

28.04.2008
New HIGRADE graduate school gets off to a good start

25.04.2008
Shrinkage and ageing are Europe-wide challenges
Scientists discuss the impacts of demographic change on European cities

09.04.2008
Flying off course
Why migratory birds from Asia land in Europe

02.04.2008
New formula for combating the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide
Germany’s Year of Mathematics: Mathematics provides key to researching climate-friendly wastewater treatment

12.03.2008 (update 26.03.2008)
Tagfalter-Monitoring is not involved in a monitoring programme for MON810 genetically modified maize

28.02.2008
New Environmental Performance Index – not a model for Germany
Lumping different countries together - why the 2008 EPI is of limited use

15.02.2008
New method for measuring biodiversity
How individual species help structure the biodiversity of tropical rainforests

04.12.2006
Helmholtz centres sign agreement with UN
New Risk Habitat Megacity research initiative

07.11.2006
New concepts for ecological use of drylands
German and Chinese researchers searching for solutions

20.10.2006
"Money does not smell - until it is touched"
Scientists explain the typical odor of iron and other metals

11.10.2006
Biodiversity issues need a better communication on knowledge
Workshop in Leipzig provides recommendations

28.09.2006
Better lobby needed for global biodiversity
From 2 to 4 October 2006, international experts in Leipzig will be discussing a new advisory committee along the lines of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

27.09.2006
Nature + Culture = new specialist journal for interdisciplinary environmental research

17.07.2006
New illegal aliens
International experts present state of the art on "biological invasions" at the Euroscience Open Forum 2006

24.04.2006
Invasive species suppress the growth of native trees
Is Canada’s national symbol dying out because of a European herb?

11.04.2006
Over half the plant species in Europe at risk because of climate change
UFZ scientists present research findings at the UN Conference on Biological Diversity in Brazil

11.04.2006
Nanoparticles put to the test
New research consortium examines possible risks with the goal of supporting small and medium-sized companies.

10.02.2006
Viewing waste water as valuable resources
Science for schools

25.01.2006
What to do when nature conservation is successful and humans face competition again?
International conference looks at management of conflicts between wildlife and human resource use

19.12.2005
Hay or butterflies?
UFZ researchers design a programme that reconciles nature conservation with agricultural use of meadows

14.12.2005
Using REACH as an opportunity to find alternatives to animal experiments
A need for intelligent test strategies instead of blindly testing everything

12.12.2005
"The world is not enough"
Realistic models of agent-based systems open up new possibilities

18.10.2005
Predicting invasions
European research project investigates the spread of the giant hogweed

08.09.2005
Signs of magmatic activity in Central Europe observed for the first time
Scientists find a new explanation for earthquake swarms in the Vogtland region

08.09.2005
The country needs new landscapes
Innovative concepts for black earth – Soil of the Year 2005

08.09.2005
The mixture matters!
What concepts make inner city life more attractive?

18.08.2005
Volkswagen Foundation supports knowledge transfer from Eastern Germany to Eastern Central Europe
International research project on the effects of demographic change

19.04.2005
New species discovered
Scientists call for woodland management rethink

15.03.2005
Particulates – a serious threat to health
Ever tinier particles are coming under the researchers’ microscopes

24.02.2005
MODELKEY – The key to clean surface waters
New large-scale EU project researches river ecosystems

11.02.2005
Micro-organisms in salt lakes produce chlorinated air pollutants
Discovery of a new natural factor in desertification