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Decreasing biodiversity affects productivity of re..

When plant biodiversity declines, the remaining plants face diminishing productivity, say scientists in a study published in the journal ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’. “The loss of biodiversity is threatening ecosystem productivity and services worldwide, spurring efforts to… read more

Flowering meadows benefit humankind

The more it swarms, crawls and flies the better it is for humans. This is the finding of a study published in “Nature”. More than 60 researchers from a number of universities were involved, including the Technical University of Munich,… read more

Ice algae: The engine of life in the central Arcti..

Algae that live in and under the sea ice play a much greater role for the Arctic food web than previously assumed. In a new study, biologists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)… read more

Temperature helps drive the emergence of different..

Like people, animals have personalities. And their personalities differ, sometimes hugely, on traits like shyness and aggressiveness. Among the big questions are where those differences come from, why they exist, and how they are maintained. Now researchers from the University… read more

Can urban gardeners benefit ecosystems while keepi..

Do you live in a city? Do you have a garden? Or a balcony full of plants? Many people do not realize that it is possible to grow food in a city garden or even on a balcony. Urban gardens… read more