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Researchers get to the bottom of fairy circles

Fairy circles are round gaps in arid grassland that are distributed very uniformly over the landscape and only occur along the Namib Desert in southern Africa and in parts of Australia. Various theories circulate about the actual cause of these unusual spatial patterns. Scientists from the University of Göttingen, Australia and Israel have now got to the bottom of their cause with soil investigations and drones.

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Happy as a pig in muck?

Photos play an important role when it comes to how agricultural products are seen by consumers. A team of scientists from the Universities of Bozen-Bolzano and Göttingen investigated how people perceive and evaluate photos of a pig in different stalls. The results were published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE.

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New Edition of Solar System School

The International Max Planck Research School for Solar System Science is set to begin a new future now including an additional partner: the University's Geosciences Centre.

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Is our personality affected by the way we look? (Or the way we think we look?)

To what extent is our personality an adaptation to our appearance or even our physique? A team of scientists at the University of Göttingen has investigated this question. Their results: it depends – on our gender and on which behaviour. The study was published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.

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Researchers track down new biocatalysts

Phosphate is a key element in many processes in the body and essential for global food production. Re-searchers at the University of Göttingen have now developed a method to detect new enzymes from the environment that can release phosphate. This opens up new possibilities for the development and optimisa-tion of phytase-based processes for industrial application, biotechnology and environmentally friendly tech-nologies. The results were published in the scientific journal mBio.

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Where do the best strawberries grow?

Agricultural production benefits enormously from flower-visiting bees and other flower-visiting insects. Because of their supply of flowering plants and opportunities for nesting, hedgerows and the edges of forests represent important habitats for pollinators. A team from the departments of Functional Agrobiodiversity and Agroecology at the University of Göttingen has investigated whether hedgerows and their proximity to forests might have a positive effect on the pollination of strawberries.

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