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Cocoa agroforestry is less resilient to extreme drought than cocoa in full sun

A new study based on detailed field measurements in West Africa shows cocoa agroforestry to be less drought resilient than previously thought. The study was conducted by doctoral student Issaka Abdulai of the Tropical Plant Production and Agricultural Systems Modelling (TROPAGS) division of the University of Göttingen.

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Inferno world with titanium skies

An international team of researchers including the University of Göttingen has detected titanium oxide in an exoplanet atmosphere for the first time. Using the FORS2 instrument at ESO’s Very Large Telescope, they were able to gain unique information about the chemical composition as well as the temperature and pressure structure of the atmosphere on WASP-19b, an unusual and very hot world.

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Attractive research location for international scientists

The University of Göttingen continues to be in high demand amongst international researchers. In its 2017 Humboldt Rankings, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has given sixth place in Germany to the University—with its total of 152 guest scientists.

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From bacteria to birds: tropical plantations disrupt biodiversity

A research team at the University of Göttingen has conducted a large-scale study in Indonesia to understand how the conversion of rainforest to rubber and oil palm plantations alters biodiversity of these ecosystems. The researchers found that land-use change directly reduces the number of different species as well as the number of individual plants and animals.

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A playground for evolution

In their attempts to understand the diversity of nature and its evolutionary mechanisms, evolutionary biologists rely on the comparative analysis of genomes. Thus far, a duplication of the genome has only been determined for vertebrates. Now, for the first time, an international team of scientists collaborating with the University of Göttingen has found that the genomes of spiders and scorpions similarly underwent duplication.

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In eigener Sache: neues Design für die Internet–Seiten der Universität

Seit dem 10. Juli haben die Internet-Seiten der Universität ein neues Aussehen und sind auch auf Mobilgeräten besser lesbar.

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