News from the Göttingen Campus

DPZ receives more than 600,000 Euros for the establishment of animal models and methods
The state of Lower Saxony is supporting the establishment of the COVID-19 Research Network Lower Saxony (COFONI) with 8.4 million euros, in which the competencies for corona research are to be bundled and strategies for dealing with the pandemic are to be developed. The University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) coordinates the network, which includes the German Primate Center and the University in Göttingen, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection…
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Research team led by University of Göttingen investigates agroforestry systems in Madagascar
The cultivation of vanilla in Madagascar provides a good income for small-holder farmers, but without trees and bushes the plantations can lack biodiversity. Agricultural ecologists from the University of Göttingen, in cooperation with colleagues from the University in Antananarivo (Madagascar), have investigated the interaction between prey and their predators in these cultivated areas. To do this, they experimentally released dummy prey in…
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Novel technique developed by Max Planck researchers in Göttingen visualizes individual atoms in a protein with cryo-electron microscopy for the first time
A crucial resolution barrier in cryo-electron microscopy has been broken. Holger Stark and his team at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry have observed single atoms in a protein structure for the first time and taken the sharpest images ever with this method. Such unprecedented details are essential to understand how proteins perform their work in the living cell or cause diseases. The technique can in future also be used to…
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VolkswagenStiftung fördert Projekt an Universität und Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
Die Erkennung und Diagnostik des Coronavirus ist eine der wichtigsten Maßnahmen zur Bekämpfung der Pandemie. Allerdings ist die bisher genutzte Technologie bei Weitem noch nicht so schnell, präzise und verfügbar wie es wünschenswert wäre. Die VolkswagenStiftung fördert nun im Rahmen ihrer Anti-Corona-Initiative ein Projekt an der Universität und Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (UMG), in dem Nanosensoren zur schnellen optischen Erkennung des Virus…
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Research team including agroecologists from Göttingen University study conditions in Peruvian cocoa agroforestry systems
Worldwide demand for food from the tropics that meets higher environmental and social standards has risen sharply in recent years. Consumers often have to make ethically questionable decisions: products may be available to the global market through child labour, starvation wages or environmental destruction. Building on an interdisciplinary project in Peru, an international research team with the participation of the University of Göttingen has…
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Ethnographic Collection at Göttingen University returns two Māori Toi moko to Te Papa Tongarewa Museum New Zealand
In 1834, the University of Göttingen received, via the then reigning royal house of the United Kingdom, two Toi moko (preserved Māori tattooed heads) originally from New Zealand. These Toi Moko are now returning there: on Thursday 15 October 2020, the two Toi moko were handed over to the Māori and to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (known as Te Papa) during a ceremony at the University of Göttingen. The two Toi moko have been part of…
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International research team including University of Göttingen explains advantages of molecular breeding methods
More than two billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient malnutrition due to deficiencies in minerals and vitamins. Poor people in developing countries are most affected, as their diets are typically dominated by starchy staple foods, which are inexpensive sources of calories but contain low amounts of micronutrients. In a new Perspective article, an international team of scientists, involving the University of Göttingen, explains how…
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Scientists from the University of Göttingen call for meaningful support for smallholder farmers in Indonesia
The growing global demand for palm oil has led to a rapid spread of oil palm monoculture plantations in South East Asia. This is often associated with the loss of natural habitat and biodiversity. Oil palm monocultures are uniformly structured and therefore offer little space for different species. Diversification using indigenous tree species can contribute to maintaining biodiversity. A research team from the University of Göttingen (Germany)…
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On Thursday the space probe BepiColombo will fly past Venus. Measurements in the planet's magnetosphere are planned.
On its way to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun, the European-Japanese space probe BepiColombo will change course again on Thursday, 15 October. Following the Earth flyby in April this year, the first of two Venus flybys is now imminent. It will take the spacecraft, which was launched into space two years ago, past our neighboring planet at a distance of 10720 kilometers. Some of the scientific instruments on board, to which the Max Planck…
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Only in the course of several million years did the trans-Neptunian object Arrokothn acquire its bizarre, pancake-flat shape
The trans-Neptunian object Arrokoth, also known as Ultima Thule, which NASA’s space probe New Horizons passed on New Year's Day 2019, may have changed its shape significantly in the first 100 million years since its formation. In today's issue of the journal Nature Astronomy, researchers led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) suggest that the current shape of Arrokoth, which resembles a…
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