Aktuelle Meldungen / en-gb Uni Köln Thu, 22 Aug 2019 03:29:57 +0200 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 03:29:57 +0200 TYPO3 EXT:news news-283 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 09:11:00 +0200 Interview Süddeutsche Zeitung http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=283&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=bf3e5bdba0332f72e08b80593637210b "Wenn das Ökosystem kippt, hilft auch kein Regen mehr" - Head of Group Dr Anja Linstädter was interviewed by Süddeutsche Zeitung today. On the occasion of today's publication of the latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report, head of group Dr Anja Linstädter has been interviewed by Süddeutsche Zeitung. The interview (Title: "Wenn das Ökosystem kippt, hilft auch kein Regen mehr") was published in print but also online, click here.

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news-245 Thu, 31 Jan 2019 12:27:00 +0100 New Project: NamTip http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=245&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ec82bc768b9f3ec825bef2e532e1a4c9 A large, interdisciplinary project on ecological tipping points is being funded. We are happy to announce that a new research project in Namibia will be starting in March 2019. As part of the BioTip initiative, BMBF will be funding a 3 year project on desertification and ecological tipping points in Namibia. Desertification is an urgent problem in Namibia, as it is predicted that global climate change will increase the likelihood of crossing desertification tipping points. Interdisciplinary, solutions-oriented science can make an important contribution here. Scientists and stakeholders will collaborate closely in the NamTip project to gain a better understanding of “desertification tipping points” and their effects on the livelihoods of Namibian farmers. At the same time, they want to explore possibilities of avoiding such unwanted effects – for example by means of suitable early warning systems.
The NamTip project brings together experts from many fields. Besides German and Namibian researchers from the natural and social sciences, it involves rangeland managers, policy experts, educators and communicators – each representing a key piece of the transdisciplinary puzzle. Our working group heads this project at the University of Bonn.

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news-260 Tue, 29 Jan 2019 12:21:00 +0100 PROMOS Scholarship for student in Future Rural Africa http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=260&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b217432369fafa4ea3c40251eb6d4c05 Congratulations to Magnus Dobler for being awarded a grant by DAAD! A student of our working group succesfully applied for a scholarship within DAAD's PROMOS program. This grants him the opportunity to conduct research for his master thesis in Zambezi Region, Namibia. With his thesis project, Magnus will be affiliated to our carbon storage project (A01) of Future Rural Africa.

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news-259 Mon, 21 Jan 2019 12:01:00 +0100 PROMOS Scholarship for Student on DroughtAct http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=259&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=09996588031a3cbb8ed771212f4a1780 Congratulations to Olagoke Somoye for being awarded a grant by DAAD! A student from our working group succesfully applied for a PROMOS scholarship from DAAD. He is now granted the opportunity to conduct research for his masters thesis within our DroughtAct experiment in South Africa. Olagoke will focus on soil moisture and water movement in the soil under our varying experimental drought treatments.

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news-258 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 08:16:00 +0200 Ethnobotanical Excursion http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=258&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=6e57b50914816fb14030ee0714782a05 Joint excursion on local plant knowledge in Namibia In October, we were invited by Dr Ekkehard Klingelhoeffer and happily joined an excursion of students from UNAM's Katima-Mulilo Campus, Department for Wildlife Management & Ecotourism, to the village of Sangwali in Wuparo Communal Conservancy. The students from University of Namibia (UNAM Katima Campus) explored local knowledge, invasive plants and a simple method from ethnobotanical research. We had a great time exploring chances and difficulties in ethno-botanical research and discuss them with the students. Also, this was a good opportunity to better connect to our "Future Rural Africa" counterparts at University of Namibia.

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news-250 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:58:00 +0200 Merensky Scholarship for a master thesis in this working group http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=250&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=8a82f47faa2ce962d1d0a83a8dbbf87d Hans Merensky Stipendien Stiftung kindly supports a master thesis on ethnobotany in Namibia. A master student from University of Bonn is currently conducting her master thesis on usage of trees and forest resources in Zambezi Region, Namibia. This project was kindly supported and made possible by Hans Merensky Scholarship Foundation.

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news-248 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 12:52:00 +0200 Climate Change in Europe http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=248&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=0bbb572ff100f5c1599d3b482c0a5bce The 4th year of sampling events and student excursion to Global Change Experimental Facility Yet again, students from University of Cologne are returning from a field trip to Global Change Experimental Facility of UfZ near Halle (Saale). Most of them belong to the International Masters of Environmental Science (IMES) and were happy to get an impression of this large-scale, long-term experiment. The dataset is now officially spanning 4 years and is to be extended in the future.

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news-244 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 15:19:00 +0200 New project: SALLnet http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=244&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ca42a50159b443a3343f4b61f47e98db A new interdisciplinary research project in South Africa is being funded. The German Ministry of Education (BMBF) is funding a new research project with participation of our working group (at the University of Bonn): South African Limpopo Landscapes Network (SALLNet) is the follow-up of Limpopo Living Landscapes (LLL). The project has officially started today, August 1 2018. We are looking forward to the next three years!

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news-243 Tue, 29 May 2018 11:07:00 +0200 Future Rural Africa: Kick-off in Namibia http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=243&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e05f2db64a935628cac4099111b5da8c Starting our joint work with University of Namibia in Namibia's Zambezi Region. This month, the Collaborative Research Centre 'Future Rural Africa' held it's Kick-off event in Namibia's Zambezi Region. The UNAM Katima-Mulilo Campus welcomed all participating researchers and gave them the opportunity to talk about their planned research. We presented our research ideas for the sub-project 'Future Carbon Storage', made invaluable contacts to local researchers, gained lots of insight in their ongoing work, and found Namibian counterparts for a joint field experiment. We also had the chance to meet stakeholders in the Communal Conservancies and introduce our project to them as well.

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news-179 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:50:38 +0100 Abschlussarbeiten im interdisziplinären AraPop-Projekt http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=179&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=d24e8da9f866cc8570a28d63fec8c499 Die Arbeitsgruppen de Meaux und Linstädter bieten motivierten Studierenden Bachelor-, Master- und Staatsexamens-Arbeiten im neuen AraPop-Projekt an. Bei uns sind Themen für Abschlussarbeiten im Rahmen des Projektes “Anpassung der Modellpflanze Arabidopsis thaliana an urbane Umweltbedingungen” (AraPop) zu vergeben. Motivierte Studierende, die sich an der Arbeit in einem interdisziplinären Team versuchen möchten und sich für funktionelle Pflanzen-Ökologie oder funktionelle Genetik begeistern können, melden sich gerne bei:

  • PD Dr Anja Linstädter – anja.linstaedter(at)uni-koeln.de; oder
  • Prof Dr Juliette de Meaux – jdemeaux(at)uni-koeln.de

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news-176 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:55:46 +0100 Beyond crop yields: We work on food security http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=176&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=7de86f5012ea964993616bd62cc3eeaa Our workgroup contributes to Competence Area "Food Security" at the University of Cologne In view of a constantly growing world population, climate change, limited resources and increasing water scarcity, global food security calls for interdisciplinary solutions. For achieving food security, many factors beside actual agricultural yields play an important role. The "Food Security" Competence Area at the University of Cologne is developing networks and structures to this purpose. In this way, it aims to increase awareness for the multifaceted challenges of food security. Our workgroup contributes to this Competence Area - see video in [German] or [English].

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news-174 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:03:00 +0100 "Future Rural Africa" http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=174&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ef6b81e7ab842b30792f25b463e72f36 New Collaborative Research Center with contribution of our workgroup will start in January 2018! We are happy to announce the approval of a DFG funded Collaborative Research Centre (TRR 228), which we feel honoured to be part of. Together with many scientists from the University of Cologne and University Bonn and together with our African partners, we will investigate the visions and anticipations (i.e. the "future-making") related to rapid land-use changes in rural Africa.

Our working group will focus on synergies and trade-offs of carbon storage along pathways of intensification and conservation. Read more about our contribution to this interdisciplinary research project [here].

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news-173 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:14:00 +0100 LLL-Workshop in South Africa http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=173&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=8a47ea45e6add181070190690d1d1fd2 Our workgroup attended the final workshop of the Limpopo Living Landscapes project in South Africa Four members of our working group enjoyed the workshop atmosphere with colleagues of Limpopo Living Landscapes (LLL), stakeholders and students. Interesting talks were held and promising results presented. Also, we happily found new collaboration partners for joint future research projects.

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news-162 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:34:12 +0100 Bachelor or Master’s Thesis available on urban Arabidopsis thaliana populations http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=162&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=94d12d6e32bf9aa0f010a6a9d4aa0f7f The working groups of Prof de Meaux and Dr Linstädter offer BSc and MSc students to join their new AraPop project A Master’s or Bachelor Thesis is available in the project “Understanding natural variation in urban Arabidopsis thaliana populations” (AraPop). If you are eager to work within an interdisciplinary team and interested in methods of functional plant ecology and/or functional genomics, please contact:

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news-154 Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:24:00 +0200 DAAD scholarship for Vincent Mokoka http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=154&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=fee295d0d4d1dad06fba07a8b2284729 Scholarship brings new PhD student from South Africa to Cologne The good news arrived in August: DAAD is funding Vincent's first research stay in Germany! For three months he will be staying in Cologne and prepare the outline of his PhD thesis within the framework of Limpopo Living Landscapes (LLL) project.
Welcome to Germany!

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news-147 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:20:00 +0200 Summer Group Outing August 2017 http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=147&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=16945a221daa336a1ada202a54cf4682 As is a dearly beloved tradition in our work group, we had another nice summer outing this year with lots of fun and plenty of fresh air.

For this year's "jolly day off with best colleagues ever", we headed for the beautiful landscape of the Eifel. While weather played along, we did a boat tour on Rursee dam, enjoyed the impressive landscape of Eifel National Park and took a walk through the old village centre of Heimbach.
Unfortunately, some of our "best colleagues" were missing due to flue virus issues, but will be in for next trip, definitely.

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news-148 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:49:00 +0200 Field Trip to GCEF August 2017 http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=148&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=0ac7ccf2c462bc1b87caff4307b1b81f We successfully completed our 6th data collection at the Global Change Experimental Facility. Our motivated team of students and volunteers is right back from one informative excursion to Bad Lauchstädt. In addition to our obligatory field work and usual data collection on GCEF's extensive meadows, we had many opportunities to visit other interesting experiments within Bad Lauchstädt research facility (UFZ). We learned a lot about different approaches in community ecology and climate change impact research, varying experimental designs and their related research questions.
Thanks to all, who helped in this data collection.

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news-149 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 18:41:00 +0200 Open Position for Master's Thesis in Plant Functional Ecology http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=149&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=920f608a9779a24987cf2289a81c57c0 For details, please see attached PDF file. AG Linstädter public news-153 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 09:09:00 +0200 Alexander von Humboldt's Climate Protection Fellow joins the Group http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=153&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=785d77a8ea45d55a6b699558ed85f660 Congratulations to John Ndung'u Wairore from Kenya! Today, we happily welcome John as our new group member! He succesfully applied for the renowned Climate Protection Fellowship of Alexander von Humboldt Foundataion (AvH) and will spend a whole year with us. We are looking forward to our joint venture and are eager to learn more about a social scientist's views.

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news-155 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:23:00 +0100 Studying trophic interactions in Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, South Africa http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=155&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f91cf105875c45c64b2e311e5e3f9b8d We're teaming up with animal ecologists from Venda University This month, our team is undertaking a joint data collection with researchers from University of Venda. We're looking beyond our own noses, and team up with animal ecologists to investigate functional diversity across trophic levels at the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in South Africa's Vhembe District. This field trip inspires us for future activities within the Limpopo Living Landscapes (LLL) project.

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news-152 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:47:00 +0100 Biodesert Fieldwork in South Africa January-March 2017 http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=152&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=fbe37f63f322a3876e5740eed0dbad5c Our workgroup is collaborating in a big global network study and took it to South Africa. For more than two months now, members of the work group Range Ecology and Range Management have been working in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Our team met with colleagues from Limpopo Living Landscapes project (LLL) at the University of Limpopo in Polokwane. We sampled ecological field data according to the BIODESERT collaborative network protocol.

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news-151 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:26:00 +0100 Grazing experiment in West Africa revisited (October 2016) http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=151&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=0d7c9909dbf4589eec8b9dc5a7a5f444 Now it's a long-term experiment! We completed the fifth annual data collection. Our team of plant ecologists and remote sensing scientists from West Africa and Germany completed the fifth annual data collection in the WASCAL Grazing Experiment. The experiment was established in  2012 and evaluates the effects of long-term resting on the recovery (resilience) of degraded rangelands around the village Aniabiisi (Northern Ghana). We collected soil samples to assess resting effects on soil fertility and carbon sequestration. A field spectrometer helped us to rapidly assess forage quality and quantity.

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news-72 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:00:13 +0200 Wildlife naivité towards introduced predators can be overcome (but not within 200 years) http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=72&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=9e8ff7df4cf6f1652f98d90da827cf15 Citizen science study in Australia shows that 200 years of exposure are an insufficient time for small marsupials to recognize dogs as a threat In many parts of the world, the introduction of novel predators has posed a severe threat to native species, because these are usually naive and do not recognize their novel enemies. One open question in this context is how long it takes for a species to lose its naivité and whether it can be overcome at all. Dr Anke Frank, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cologne (Botanical Institute), recently published a study based on a citizen science approach in Australia. For millennia, dingoes – close relatives of domestic dogs – coexisted with bandicoots (small, rabbit-sized marsupials) on the Australian mainland. In contrast, dingoes never reached the island of Tasmania south of Australia’s mainland. In an innovative setup, Dr Frank and her team compared the naivité of bandicoots to dogs, which were introduced to both, the Australian mainland and Tasmania, about 200 years ago. Pet owners and non-pet owners in Tasmania reported equal amounts of bandicoot sightings and droppings in their backyards. Contrary, dog owners on the mainland reported lower bandicoot activity than non-pet owners. In both studies, attacks of bandicoots by dogs were reported. The wildlife ecologist team concluded that bandicoots on the Australian mainland lost their naivité towards dogs due to 4000 years of experience with dingoes. The team was thus able to narrow down the time window for losing naivité: while 200 years have not been enough for bandicoots, 4000 years were.

 The study (published in the open access journal PLOS ONE) provoked world-wide media attention:

7 September 2016: Phys.org, ScienceMag.com, Science Daily, Scifeeds.com

8 September 2016: NaturalScienceNews.com, ABC Science News, SciMex, CMOS

9 September 2016: Radio interview with co-author Prof. Peter Banks, ABC, Hobart, Australia; Radio-Science News in New Yorks “Friday Science Segment”, NY, USA

11 September 2016: Radio interview with co-author Prof. Peter Banks, ABC, Sydney, Australia

19 September 2016: Newspaper: Sunday Tasmanian

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news-73 Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:04:00 +0200 Beware of dragons! Summer excursion 2016 to the Drachenfels http://www.ag-linstaedter.botanik.uni-koeln.de/index.php?id=ag_linstaedter_news_detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=73&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=bed4cce225725dfa0feadb30dc3b9c94 We had a boat tour on the river Rhine (from Bonn to Königswinter), climbed the Drachenfels and even visited a dragon cave. AG Linstädter