Jana Wäldchen has played a key role in developing the plant identification app, Flora Incognita. We discussed with her how being able to identify different plants contributes to species diversity, which plant species are particularly under threat and how non-native species are suppressing local plants.

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

Wading birds: shorebirds with unusual social structures

Waders display fascinating behaviour patterns, but are also exemplary for the loss of biodiversity more


Women with Neandertal gene give birth to more children

May 26, 2020

Neandertal progesterone receptor has a favourable effect on fertility

How well do Germans understand weather risks?

May 25, 2020

Representative survey on weather and climate literacy in Germany

Cichlid fish loves exaggerated shells

May 22, 2020

Scientists dissect the complex choices of animals

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Quarantine without protection

May 27, 2020

An essay on intimate partner violence amid COVID-19 and how authoritarianism makes it worse

Bluesky examines the atmosphere during the Coronavirus lockdown

May 22, 2020

Two research aircraft investigate reduced concentrations of pollutants in the air

Corona: vaccination without a needle?

May 13, 2020

Scientists are developing a procedure whereby vaccines can be absorbed through the skin

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May 27, 2020

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May 25, 2020

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Videos and Events

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018

Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

The school for T Cells

Video August 17, 2017

The lamprey has no thymus gland. Max Planck scientist Thomas Böhm wants to know how it copes with bacteria and viruses.


Video May 04, 2017

In principle, almost any encryption key can be broken - all you need is the right computing power. The situation is different, however, with quantum cryptography. Gerd Leuchs is researching this encryption technology of the future.

Climate: how the earth breathes

Video February 06, 2017

Researchers understand Earth’s climate system very accurately by now. For a long time, however, an important piece of the puzzle remained very elusive - the role played by vegetation and soils.

MaxPlanck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology


Interfaces of matter and life are the focus of the new Max Planck Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology. Prof. Imre Berger from Bristol University explains the topic.

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In chimpanzees, females contribute to the protection of the territory more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Similar to humans, chimpanzees develop slowly more
MPI of Neurobiology
Directed protein evolution with CRISPR-Cas9 more
MPI for Astronomy
Disk galaxies grow up so fast more
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Blood stem cells at the crossroads more
MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Quantifying the impact of Corona interventions more
MPI of Quantum Optics
Long-lived pionic helium more
MPI of Neurobiology
Motion patterns instead of pixels more
MPI for Chemical Ecology
Foraging flies are open for new partners more
MPI of Colloids and Interfaces
Largest Synthetic Polysaccharide Assembled more
MPI of Biophysics
A molecular view on protein retrotranslation more
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
The Lipid Code more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Short nerve fibres made visible more
MPI for Solar System Research
BepiColombo: Upcoming Earth Flyby more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Babies retain even detailed events during a nap more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Human ancestors may have regularly climbed trees more

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