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Ecosystems get increasingly thirsty due to climate change

A new study shows that future ecosystem functioning will increasingly depend on water availability. Using recent simulations from climate models, an international team of scientists found several “hot spot regions” where increasing water limitation strongly affects ecosystems. These include Central Europe, the Amazon, and western Russia. more

Life in the earth’s interior as productive as in some ocean waters

Microorganisms in aquifers deep below the earth’s surface produce similar amounts of biomass as those in some marine waters. Applying a unique, ultra-sensitive measurement method using radioactive carbon, researchers were able to demonstrate for the first time that these biotic communities in absolute darkness do not depend on sunlight. more

25 years of Max Planck research celebrated twice

25 years ago, the two Max Planck Institutes for Biogeochemistry and for Chemical Ecology were founded in Jena. A few years later, they moved into their two newly constructed institute buildings on Beutenberg Campus as immediate neighbors. On June 1, 2022, they will celebrate their anniversary in a joint ceremony with renowned guests from science and politics, scientific partners, as well as former and current employees. more

When microbes fight over food

Microorganisms decompose falling leaves, thus improving soil quality and counteracting climate change. But how do these single-celled organisms coordinate their distribution of tasks? An international research team has investigated this hitherto poorly understood process. more

Breakthrough in estimating fossil fuel CO<sub>2</sub> emissions

Scientists have succeeded in detecting changes in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels much faster than before. Using a new method, they combined atmospheric measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen (O2). This allowed them to distinguish between natural CO2 emissions from the land surface and those from fossil fuels. more

Forest dieback due to climate extremes follows global pattern

International researchers found a pattern of extreme climate conditions leading to forest dieback. To do this, the team had collected worldwide records of climate-related tree and forest dieback events over the past nearly five decades. This allowed the researchers to derive a combination of extreme climate conditions in which trees die: drought coupled with heat, in precisely defined extreme conditions. more

Unexpected forest die-off after climate extremes worries scientists worldwide

International forest experts analyzed striking events of tree and forest deaths that occurred on Earth in recent decades due to climate change. Surprisingly, forests that were not considered threatened according to scientific knowledge were increasingly affected. more

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