MPI-BGC_Amazon rain helps make more rain
In the Amazon region, downdrafts bring aerosol particles from higher altitudes to the atmospheric layer where clouds form.

In a joint study international scientists investigated how clouds and hence rain develops over the Amazon tropical rain forest. They found out that the rain is generating further rain by downdrafts entraining fine particles from the upper atmospheric layers to the layer where clouds are formed. As, in this area, there are no cloud condensation particles from anthropogenic pollution, these findings are important to help understanding how precipitation developed in preindustrial times.  more...
MPI-BGC_Biodiversity in forests increases productivity
In a worldwide study, published today in the journal ‚Science“, scientists investigated the influence of species diversity on the productivity of natural forests. In total, data was collected from more than 770,000 plots across 44 countries and territories. The study took into account 8,737 tree species of the most diverse forest ecosystems, from mangroves over tropical moist forests to north and central European needle and deciduous forests, tundra and dry savannahs up to Mediterranean natural forests. Results show that species loss leads to a massive cut in forest productivity. Sustainable managed forests with lower species richness can have a high productivity though. more...
MPI-CE_Choosing a mate: It's the brain, not the nose, that knows
Changes in the brain determine mate choice in the European Corn Borer, an important pest of maize

How does a male moth find the right sort of female for mating, when there are two similar types luring him with their pheromones? In many species, differences in the antenna used by the male to smell these perfumes are responsible for his choice. But in the European Corn Borer, changes in the male's brain seem to dictate his choice between two types of available females, as shown by researchers from the University of Amsterdam, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology. (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Early Edition, October 3, 2016, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1610515113). more...
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Board meeting of the Campus Association, Beutenberg Campus Jena e.V.
The next board meeting is planned for March, 2017 in the Abbe Center Building at the Beutenberg Campus.

Forsche Schüler Tag
Every year the Beutenberg Campus invites schoolchildren to a research day where they can get to know the scientists’ working world. The invitation is parallel to Girls’ Day.
With the 'Forsche Schüler' project, 'School Scientists' from the 8th year onwards can look behind the scenes of research and ‘try out’ science. Schoolchildren can choose from a multitude of offers in the physical and life sciences, exactly in keeping with the campus motto ‘Life Science meets Physics’. Beutenberg’s many institutes offer taster workshops allowing schoolchildren to do experiments and discover science for themselves.

Forsche Schüler
The next event in the "Noble Talks" series will be organised on December 01, 2016, 17:00 in the Abbe Center Building at the Beutenberg Campus. The speaker is Prof. Dr. Karsten Danzmann, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Hannover/Potsdam.

Campus Map and Portrayal of Individual Institutes
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