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Language extinction triggers loss of unique medicinal knowledge

Indigenous and local people pass on their knowledge of medicinal plants orally. If their language goes extinct, valuable medical knowledge will be lost. A study by the University of Zurich estimates that 75 percent of the world’s medicinal…
Hölstein Canopy Crane image: David Basler

Investigating drought damage from the air

Researchers are hovering high above Europe’s most biodiverse forest laboratory to investigate how trees are coping with climate change and increasing aridity. Their results can help foresters to promote drought-resistant species. The…
mixed cultures experiment

Increased yield in mixed cultures

What holds true for meadows would seem to apply to arable land, too: mixed cultures are more fruitful than monocultures. This was the outcome of an ETH Zurich research project led by Christian Schöb. A team led by ETH Zurich Professor…
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Unlocking the power of the microbiome

Not only animals and humans host a complex community of microorganisms – plants do this as well. Researchers at ETH Zurich just published two new studies that shed light on fundamental aspects of these close – and often overlooked –…
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GVO-Anbau: Bundesrat verabschiedet Botschaft zur Verlängerung des Moratoriums

Am 30. Juni 2021 hat der Bundesrat die Botschaft zuhanden des Parlaments über eine Verlängerung des Moratoriums für den Anbau gentechnisch veränderter Organismen (GVO) in der Landwirtschaft um vier Jahre verabschiedet. Das Moratorium…
Wheat fields, photo by Peter Oslanec on Unsplash

Die Natur optimieren

Mit molekulargenetischen Methoden lassen sich heute zukunftsfähige Nutzpflanzen züchten. Forschende fordern, das Risiko von neuen Pflanzensorten nicht aufgrund der Züchtungsmethode, sondern anhand ihrer Eigenschaften zu beurteilen und sich…
Science Photo Marathon 2021

2nd Science Photo Marathon Competition

A photographic challenge. A marathon race. Your creativity and photographic skills are put to the test in this exciting outdoor science photo challenge. Whether you are an amateur or a professional photographer, a scientist or…
World Biodiversity Forum 2022 Call

World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum 2022: Call for session proposals

Con­tribute to the sec­ond edi­tion of the World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum! The theme is "In­spi­ra­tion for Ac­tion", and we en­cour­age you to cre­ate ses­sions that are in­ter­ac­tive, fos­ter dis­cus­sion and ex­change, and bring…
Biology Roadmap 2025-2028

Swiss Biology Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2025–2028

This community roadmap presents the vision for a future development of biological research in Switzerland and identifies the infrastructure needs to realise this vision. It describes four dedicated network infrastructures with a common…
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Science Corps – Opportunity Abroad for PhD Graduates

Are you a recent or soon-to-be PhD graduate? Would you like to spend up to six months making a difference by developing and teaching science curriculum abroad? Science Corps offers fully paid fellowships to upcoming and recent PhD…