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MPI-BGC_Older and more diverse forests are more stable in taking up carbon dioxide
Plants take up carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. Part of it is later released again by respiration. Overall, forests tend to take up more CO2 than they release. However, their strength to act as such carbon sink fundamentally depends on the forests’ potential to take up CO2 through photosynthesis. This property, called photosynthetic capacity, is highly variable between years and influenced by climate variability. Writing in Nature Ecology and Evolution, researchers now report that in old forests with high species richness the effect of climate variability on photosynthetic capacity is dampened. more...
 
MPI-CE_Bodyguards in the gut have a chemical weapon
Symbiotic bacteria produce antibiotics to clear harmful pathogens from the gut of caterpillars

Beneficial bacteria in the gut of moth larvae produce an antimicrobial agent that kills competing bacteria which otherwise have detrimental effects on insect development. An international team of scientists under the direction of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, were able to demonstrate for the first time that symbiotic Enterococcus mundtii bacteria secrete the antimicrobial peptide mundticin. It enters harmful germs in the gut of the African cotton leafworm Spodoptera littoralis and kills the unicellular organisms. The symbionts thus ensure a healthy gut flora and reduce the infection risk of the pest insect. (Cell Chemical Biology, January 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2016.11.015) more...
 
MPI-BGC_Water as the underlying driver of the Earth’s carbon cycle
Currently terrestrial ecosystems absorb about one quarter of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. However, how this land carbon sink will develop in the future is uncertain and strongly depends on the responses of ecosystems to climate. New clues on how the land carbon sink is regulated have now been revealed by researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany: When looking at the global scale, the annual carbon balance largely responds to temperature, while locally water availability turns out to be the dominant factor. Their study also highlights that compensation effects of water availability lead to the differences seen between local and global scales.  more...
 
 
 
 
BEUTENBERG CAMPUS JENA e.V.
The Beutenberg Campus Jena e.V. is a registered association. It reflects the respective interests of the institutions assembled on the Beutenberg, a hill near Jena which boasts major research establishments, a couple of start-up centres, and an operating unit providing services. This setup is to ensure that the scientific and technological synergy that has been developed can be utilised by all members of this conglomerate.

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
NOBLE TALKS
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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