Ecology (Environment & Chemistry)

 

Vital ventilation

Stony corals use a refined built-in ventilation system to protect themselves from environmental stressors more

Leaf Beetle disperses the fungus to its host plant, expanding its range.

Researchers discover a novel mutualism between fungi and insects more

Dust catchers: Biological crusts influence the climate

A surface layer of bacteria, fungi and lichen amongst others reduces the amount of dust stirred up into the atmosphere more

Seagrass meadows

Researchers have discovered vast amounts of sugars underneath seagrass meadows more

Seagrass meadows are widespread and cover a total of close to 600,000 square kilometers worldwide, which is roughly equivalent to the area of France.

Methane is formed from seagrass meadows, even decades after the plants died off more

The Alfred Wegener Institute’s Ocean Floor Observation System (OFOS), operated from the research icebreaker POLARSTERN, depicts a community of dozens of sponges, ranging in diameter from the size of one centimeter to half a meter, so dense it almost cover Langseth Ridge’s upper peaks.

Sponges grow to impressive size on the peaks of extinct underwater volcanoes more

Small “snowflakes” in the sea play a big role

New findings from scientists of Bremen will aid in the further development of biogeochemical models that include the marine nitrogen cycle more

Balanced nutrition supply reduces water uptake in plants

Nitrogen may boost plant productivity, but the imbalance with phosphor reduces water use efficiency. more

Trailblazer in conservation biology

Jana Wäldchen of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry on the British biodiversity researcher and conservation biologist Georgina Mace more

Climate change threatens European forests

Well over half of Europe's forests are potentially at risk from windthrow, forest fire and insect attacks more

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Vital ventilation

Stony corals use a refined built-in ventilation system to protect themselves from environmental stressors more

Dust catchers: Biological crusts influence the climate

A surface layer of bacteria, fungi and lichen amongst others reduces the amount of dust stirred up into the atmosphere more

Seagrass meadows

Researchers have discovered vast amounts of sugars underneath seagrass meadows more

Seagrass meadows are widespread and cover a total of close to 600,000 square kilometers worldwide, which is roughly equivalent to the area of France.

Methane is formed from seagrass meadows, even decades after the plants died off more

The Alfred Wegener Institute’s Ocean Floor Observation System (OFOS), operated from the research icebreaker POLARSTERN, depicts a community of dozens of sponges, ranging in diameter from the size of one centimeter to half a meter, so dense it almost cover Langseth Ridge’s upper peaks.

Sponges grow to impressive size on the peaks of extinct underwater volcanoes more

Small “snowflakes” in the sea play a big role

New findings from scientists of Bremen will aid in the further development of biogeochemical models that include the marine nitrogen cycle more

Balanced nutrition supply reduces water uptake in plants

Nitrogen may boost plant productivity, but the imbalance with phosphor reduces water use efficiency. more

Climate change threatens European forests

Well over half of Europe's forests are potentially at risk from windthrow, forest fire and insect attacks more

The order of life

A new model that describes the organization of organisms could lead to a better understanding of biological processes more

Deep-seabed mining disrupts seafloor food web

Interventions on the seabed reduce the turnover of carbon more

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The constant addition of nutrients into our ecosystems is depleting biodiversity

Interview with Sönke Zaehle from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry about the role of nutrients in the decline of biodiversity more

Reducing manure and fertilizers decreases atmospheric fine particles

A decrease of agricultural ammonia emissions avoids mortality attributable to air pollution more

“Global warming doesn’t stop when the emissions stop”

Thorsten Mauritsen from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology has worked out how much time we have left to reach the Paris climate goal more

The impact of the Cold War on geophysics and oceanography lies at the centre of Lino Camprubí's research. The Spanish postdoc, who has been researching in Berlin for three years, is currently investigating how submarine surveillance advanced marine acoustics. In an interview, he reports on what marine biologists have learned from this data. more

Oil as energy source for deep-sea creatures

Scientists discover mussels and sponges in the deep sea which can thrive on oil with the help of symbiont bacteria more

The myth of the pristine Amazon rainforest

Indigenous inhabitants shaped the rainforest by domesticating tree species in pre-Columbian times more

Genetically modified organisms for pest control could end up as contaminants in agricultural products throughout the globe more

Not without my microbes

After metamorphosis European forest cockchafers benefit from the same bacterial symbionts housed during their larval stage more

Ants employ odors for orientation

The desert ant Cataglyphis recognizes odor maps with its antennae and makes its way home even in the most monotonous landscapes more

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