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More than 90 percent of all bee species are not organized in colonies, but fight their way through life alone. They are also threatened. Scientists from Würzburg demand more research on the ecology of these insects.

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Numerous large mammals have been documented with video traps on Mount Kilimanjaro by a research group of Würzburg University. The protected areas of the mountain are of tremendous importance for the biodiversity of this animal group.

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Vier Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchswissenschaftler wurden im Biozentrum ausgezeichnet. Die Preise gingen an Apoorva Baluapuri, Tim Breitenbach, Emily Poppenburg Martin und Sarah Schuster.

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Stories of mass poisoning incidents of livestock due to toxic grasses made headlines especially overseas. Animal ecologists from Würzburg have studied whether this hazard is also lurking on German pastures.

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Die Klimaerwärmung kann die wechselseitige Abhängigkeit von Pflanzen und Tieren stören – wie beispielsweise im Fall der Gehörnten Mauerbiene (l.), der Roten Mauerbiene und der Küchenschelle.

Plants rely on bees for pollination; bees need plants to supply nectar and pollen. Scientists from the University of Würzburg have studied how climate change affects these mutualistic interactions.

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Bark beetles are currently responsible for killing an unprecedented number of trees in forests across Europe and North America. Researchers are therefore urging to step up research into bark beetles – also in view of climate change.

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Dieter Mahsberg erhielt für seine herausragenden Verdienste die Medaille „Bene merenti“ in Silber. Überreicht wurde ihm die Auszeichnung auf dem Stiftungsfest der Universität.

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Palmöl von A bis Z

04/17/2019

Ob im Schoko-Osterhasen, im Badschrank oder im Tank: Palmöl ist überall. Der Anbau der Ölpalme hat jedoch weitreichende Folgen für Biodiversität, Klima und Mensch. Biologen haben sich mit dem Thema beschäftigt.

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Diversity beats monotony: a colourful patchwork of small, differently used plots can bring advantages to agriculture and nature. This is the result of a new study by the University of Würzburg.

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Their scientific papers are among the most frequently cited by researchers worldwide. Six researchers of the University of Würzburg have therefore been added to the Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List.

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Ein Tagfalter auf einem Kalkmagerrasen in Unterfranken.

How does climate change affect biodiversity and ecosystem performance in Bavaria? Which strategies can counteract the impacts? The new Bavarian research alliance "LandKlif" seeks to answer these questions.

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Der Kupferfarbene Buntgrabläufer (Poecilus cupreus). (Foto: Fabian Bötzl)

A high abundance of flowering grasslands in agricultural landscapes is beneficial: These grasslands provide shelter for predatory beetles and spiders and help farmers control pests.

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