News from the Göttingen Campus

Research team from Göttingen and the USA investigates subsoil in deforested forest areas
Tropical forest soils play a crucial role in providing vital ecosystem functions. They provide nutrients for plants, store carbon and regulate greenhouse gases, as well as storing and filtering water, and protection against erosion. Scientists at the University of Göttingen and the University of Minnesota in the USA have investigated how the properties and ecosystem functions of tropical soils change when forests are cut down, and whether…
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DFG funds research project of the University of Göttingen and the Lower Saxony State Service for Cultural Heritage
The Lower Saxony State Service for Cultural Heritage (NLD) and the University of Göttingen carry out research into the oldest wooden weapons that have ever been found. The project, under the leadership of Professor Thomas Terberger, NLD and Department of Prehistory and Early History, and Professor Holger Militz, Head of the Department of Wood Biology and Wood Products at the University of Göttingen, have been awarded a grant from the German…
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Research team led by the University of Göttingen investigates influence of “greening measures” on pollinators
About one third of the payments received by farmers are linked to specific “greening measures” to promote biodiversity. The cultivation of nitrogen-fixing legumes is very popular. However, these measures have been criticized because the benefits for biodiversity are unclear. Now a team from the University of Göttingen, the Julius Kühn Institute and the Thuenen Institute in Braunschweig has investigated whether the cultivation of the faba bean (Vi…
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Research team from Göttingen and Potsdam examines the intellectual legacy of the Göttingen Orientalist
Who was Paul de Lagarde? A research team from the Department of Egyptology and Coptic Studies at the University of Göttingen, in collaboration with the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies in Potsdam (MMZ), has been working on a historical re-assessment of the life and work of the Göttingen Orientalist (1827-1891). In their work, the researchers have focussed on the political and ideological aspects of the scholar's œuvre, and in…
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Research team with participation from Göttingen University investigates effects on plants, forests and grassland
The drought that hit central and northern Europe in summer 2018 had serious effects on crops, forests and grasslands. Researchers from the European Research Infrastructure Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS), including researchers from the University of Göttingen, are showing what effects this had and what lessons can be learned. The results of 16 studies that are currently underway have been published as a special issue in the journal Ph…
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Research report led by Göttingen University reconstructs the Balkan route based on the experience of 500 refugees
The research report “Border Experiences and Practices of Refugees” by the EU project “Multi-level Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and beyond (RESPOND)” provides a unique documentation of the experiences of refugee-migrants with the borders of Europe. The events in 2015, which were labelled as the “European refugee crisis”, are still affecting the European public and politics. There has been much discussion about the 2015/2016 migratory…
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The European Research Council (ERC) funds the research group leaders at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry with about 1.5 million euros. This year, 3272 junior scientists applied for the ERC Starting Grants, 436 of them succeeded in the competition for the best research projects.
Stefan Glöggler’s research focuses on nuclear magnetic resonance, or NMR for short. This method has had a massive impact on the world we live in today: It is the basis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, which is used by hospitals and medical practices worldwide to take millions of MRI images every year to identify and investigate diseases and to assess the progress of therapies. NMR is also one of the standard methods used to examine…
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International team led by Göttingen University investigates effects on local water cycle
While high greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss are often associated with rapid land-use change in Indonesia, impacts on local water cycles have been largely overlooked. Researchers from the University of Göttingen, IPB University in Bogor and BMKG in Jakarta have now published a new study on this issue. They show that the expansion of monocultures, such as oil palm and rubber plantations, leads to more frequent and more severe…
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Evidence-based conservation is key to curb primate population declines
Less than one percent of scientific literature on primates evaluates the effectiveness of interventions for the conservation of primates. This is the result of a new study compiled by a team of world-renowned experts from 21 countries, including researchers from the German Primate Centre (DPZ) in Göttingen, led by researchers from the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary…
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Researchers from Göttingen develop new approach to combat bacterial infections
Antibiotics are among the most important discoveries of modern medicine and have saved millions of lives since the discovery of penicillin almost 100 years ago. Many diseases caused by bacterial infections – such as pneumonia, meningitis or septicaemia – are successfully treated with antibiotics. However, bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics which then leaves doctors struggling to find effective treatments. Particularly problematic are…
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