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One fifth of countries worldwide at risk from ecosystem collapse as biodiversity declines

Countries across the world rely on a range of services that are provided by their natural ecosystems. These so-called Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) provides contributions such as food provision, water security and regulation of...

Worldwide loss of phosphorus due to soil erosion quantified for the first time

Phosphorus is essential for agriculture, yet this important plant nutrient is increasingly being lost from soils around the world. The primary cause is soil erosion, reports an international research team led by the University of Basel....
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RESPONSE – 7 open doctoral positions

Call for PhD applications within the RESPONSE Doctoral Programme «Response to society and policy needs through plant, food and energy sciences» is open now (Call 3). Application deadline is: 1 December 2020 (23:00h). RESPONSE Doctoral...
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Bernhard Schmid – Winner of the Eminent Ecologist award 2020

The Journal of Ecology Editors announce that Bernhard Schmid is the Eminent Ecologist award winner for 2020. In recognition of his work, Bernhard has chosen a selection of papers published in Journal of Ecology that represent his research...
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Alarmierender Rückgang vieler gefährdeter Arten in der Schweiz

Die Schweizer Flora ist eine der reichsten und vielfältigsten Europas. Allerdings gelten über 700 Pflanzenarten als vom Aussterben bedroht. In einem landesweiten Projekt haben mehr als 400 ehrenamtliche Helferinnen und Helfer bekannte...
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A difficult year for forests, fields and meadows

The warm, dry summer of 2018 has left clear traces in various ecosystems. ETH Zurich researchers have found that if the climate continues to warm up, higher altitudes can also expect negative consequences in the future. Scientists from...

How Plants Close their Gates when Microbes Attack

Like humans, plants protect themselves against pathogens. An international consortium under the lead of UZH professor Cyril Zipfel has now identified a long sought-after factor of this plant immune system: The calcium channel triggers the...

Call for Applications: Transdisciplinary Research for Pathways to Sustainability

Future Earth and the Belmont Forum are pleased to announce the launch of the joint Collaborative Research Action (CRA) on the theme of «Pathways to Sustainability». The call closes on: 31 October 2020. ...
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Creative Camps — Verknüpfung von Kunst- und Wissenschaftsvermittlung

Das Buch enthält eine Sammlung von Experimenten für Kinder und Jugendliche zwischen 8 und 14 Jahren. Pflanzenforschende und Kunstschaffende der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste entwickelten gemeinsam Experimente. Diese können an...
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Der «wissenschaftlich geordnete Heuhaufen» wird digitalisiert

Die Herbarien der UZH und der ETH bergen viele historische Pflanzenfunde. Nun werden sie digitalisiert und so der globalen Nutzung zugeführt – unter anderem dank dem Einsatz von engagierten Freiwilligen. Mehr dazu im Video. QuelleUZH...