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Lipaphis Tobias Zust

CARDEVOL - New ERC Starting Grant for Tobias Zust

Although plants produce chemical toxins as a defence against insect herbivores, herbivores frequently evolve resistance to such chemicals. The CARDEVOL (CARDenolide EVOLution) projects aims to understand the causes and consequences of...
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Botanica Sudalpina Conference 2020, registration closes soon

Registration closes on Sunday, 18 October 2020. Registration only through the website www.botanicasudalpina.ch Botanica Sudalpina Conference 2020 will be held  20–21 November 2020, at the Natural History Museum of canton Ticino, Lugano...
Cardamine insueta has only recently emerged in Urnerboden, a small alpine village in central Switzerland. (Image: UZH, Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi)

Evolution in Action: New Plant Species at Urnerboden

A new plant species named "Cardamine insueta" appeared in the region of Urnerboden in the Swiss Alps, after land-use changes from forest to grassland over the last 150 years. The inheritance of two key traits from its parent plants enabled...

Forte prestation de publications scientifiques de la Suisse en comparaison internationale

L’évaluation de la qualité de la recherche n’est pas une science totalement exacte. Il est néanmoins possible de l’estimer en mesurant notamment, pour un pays, sa part dans les publications mondiales, l’impact de ses publications ou ses...
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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...
Bernhard Schmid Uni Zurich

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...
Adonis estivalis Adonisröschen © Andreas Gygax

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...