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Presentation of important BE results at the annual meeting of the Leopoldina
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On Saturday 25.9.2021 Wolfgang Weisser presented important results of the Biodiversity Exploratories at the symposium "Biodiversity and the Future of Diversity" on the occasion of the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The title of the presentation was "Land use and communities in ecosystems - on the need for large-scale field research".  

Exciting video footage from the Nature Concert Hall!
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In the context of the Nature Concert Hall, which was organized by the NABU Nature Experience Center Blumberger Mühle on July 19, several video contributions were made around the topic "meadow". Members of the Exploratories also helped out and gave interesting insights on various topics about biodiversity and meadow. In one of the contributions, Dr. Franca Marian from LMT Schorfheide introduces grassland in general with its biodiversity and function and interviews the speaker Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer about the Biodiversity […]

Insect decline: Arte film team shoots about it at the Hainich exploratory
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On 01.07.21, a film team of the German-French cultural channel Arte shot a detailed documentary on the subject of insect decline at the Hainich exploratory. Background of the documentary is the book by the French Journalist Stéphane Foucart ("Et le monde devint silencieux. Seuil édition - comment l'agrochimie a dfétruit les insectes détruit"), which hypothesises that pesticides are responsible for insect decline. The research team around Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser from the core project Arthropods primarily showed how insects are […]

The Bavarian radio broadcasting visits the Schwäbische Alb exploratory
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In a radio programme, BR2 reports on research work of the Biodiversity Exploratories and made a visit to the Schwäbische Alb exploratory. The podcast focuses on the one hand on the research work of HealthyPollination, which examines the influence of land use intensity on the pollinator health and pollination performance of bumblebees, and on the other on the Birds & Bats project, which looks at the composition of bird and bat communities along a land-use gradient in cultivated grassland and […]

In grassland, the surrounding environment is important for below-ground biodiversity
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A new study from the Exploratories shows that previous conservation measures have concentrated on above-ground diversity, but that other factors need to be taken into account for below-ground species. Here, the surrounding environment is particularly important. For more information, please read the press release from the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre. The publication is open access and available for download.

Concert in the midst of nature – Biodiversity Exploratories were there!
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Species-rich meadows and pastures were celebrated with a nature concert at the NABU Nature Experience Center Blumberger Mühle on 19 July. The Nature Concert Hall, an innovative event format, offers a unique experience in and with nature. By combining science, culture and art, the diverse habitat of meadow was made tangible with all senses. For the knowledge laboratories, international musicians played together on the meadows of the Blumberger Mühle with a specially composed music. The concert performance will be available […]

The Exploratories were part of the ESP Europe Conference 2021
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The third European conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) network took place in Tartu (Estonia) from 7-10 June. Originally, this conference was supposed to take place in 2020, but this was not possible due to the Corona pandemic. This year, the conference was also offered as a hybrid format. Therefore, the Exploratories had the task of designing a digital market booth. The market booth was well received by the conference participants. Especially the 7-minute promotional video was rated as […]

Land use intensity influences flora and fauna
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In a new international study, led by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and conducted on exploratory research plots shows the influence of land use on local flora and fauna. More specifically, the interactions between plants and insects in grassland and forest were studied. Key findings are that thinner, mixed forests and moderate grazing of grasslands promote stable plant-insect networks. Read more in the WSL press release:

New Abstract volume 2016-2019 completed!
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Our new 2016-2019 abstract volume has freshly tumbled out of the printer and will soon be distributed to our stakeholders. We are very pleased and would like to thank all persons involved for their support. If you are interested in the new (or earlier) abstract volume, please feel free to contact the BEO or the LMTs or download the pdf here.

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