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Decades-old puzzle of the ecology of soil animals solved
An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has deciphered the defence mechanism of filamentous fungi. Moulds are a preferred food source for small animals. As fungi cannot escape predation by running away, they produce defence metabolites, thereby rendering themselves toxic or unpalatable. After decades-long unsuccessful investigation, these defence compounds have now been identified. The results were published in Nature Communications.
Males of a feather flock together
"Birds of a feather flock together" or rather "opposites attract"? A recently published study on male macaques in Thailand speaks for the former: behavioural biologists from the German Primate Centre and psychologists from the University of Göttingen have observed that the more similar male Assamese macaques are in their personality, the closer they get and the stronger their social bonds.
How plants synthesise salicylic acid
The pain-relieving effect of salicylic acid, now sold as Aspirin, has been known for thousands of years. Besides being a useful drug with numerous health applications, it is a stress hormone made by plants which is essential in enabling them to fight off damaging pathogens. What was not known, however, is how plants generated this hormone. Now, an international research team led by the University of Göttingen with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver have at last unravelled the biosynthesis of this crucial hormone.
EU agriculture not viable for the future
The current reform proposals of the EU Commission on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) are unlikely to improve environmental protection, say researchers led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Göttingen in the journal Science.
Planetary trio with possibly habitable world
An international team of researchers with participation from the University of Göttingen has discovered three new planets, one of which is located far enough from its star to be potentially habitable. The new worlds orbit a star named GJ 357, an M-type dwarf about one-third the Sun’s mass and size located 31 light-years away in the constellation of Hydra. The results were published in Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Introduced species dilute the effects of evolution on diversity
Understanding how biodiversity is shaped by multiple forces is crucial to protect rare species and unique ecosystems. Now an international research team led by the University of Göttingen, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, together with the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, has found that biodiversity is higher on older islands than on younger ones.