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University of Bayeuth brings together expertise on the topic of soil (5th of December 2022)

The researchers at the University of Bayreuth are bringing together knowledge about soil in a unique way. They want to sensitise the public to the topic of soil health on World Soil Day on 5 December.


S4F Bayreuth lädt ein: Stefan Rahmstorf im Audimax

Die Scientists4Future Community Bayreuth lädt ein zum Vortrag von Professor Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf zum Thema: "Die Klimakrise zwischen Doomern und Skeptikern: Was sagt die Wissenschaft?" am Mittwoch, 11. Januar 2023, um 19 Uhr im Audimax an der Universität Bayreuth, mit anschließendem "Get together".


BayCenSI: Opening ceremony on 1 December 2022

On 1 December, the ceremonial opening of BayCenSI, the new Center for Stable Isotope Research in Ecology and Biogeochemistry at the University of Bayreuth, will take place as part of the BayCEER Colloquium at 12.15 pm in lecture hall H8 (GEO building). In addition to the presentation of the BayCenSI by laboratory director Dr. Alexander Frank and BayCenSi director Prof. Dr. Johanna Pausch, there were also words of welcome from the Chancellor of the University of Bayreuth, Dr. Nicole Kaiser, and BayCEER director Prof. Dr. Stefan Peiffer, framed by a musical programme. The subsequent festive reception provided space for exchange between those present.


Forum Waldkontroversen 2022 diskutierte Hoffnungsträger Holz

Das vierte Forum Waldkontroversen fand am 11./12. November mit rund 120 Gästen an der Universität Bayreuth statt. Neben Interessierten aus Forst, Naturschutz und Forschung waren diesmal auch Fachleute aus Holzverarbeitung und Architektur mit im Boot, denn Thema war der "Hoffnungsträger Holz".


Mini-symposium on BayCEER isotope research at Thurnau Castle

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of stable isotope research at the University of Bayreuth, a mini-symposium entitled "35 years of stable isotope research at the University of Bayreuth: Past, present and future of an elegant tool in biogeochemistry and beyond" took place on 9th of September at Thurnau Castle. The symposium marked the retirement of the founder and long-time director of the BayCEER Laboratory for Isotope Biogeochemistry, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gebauer.


DFG extends CRC "Microplastics" at the University of Bayreuth

The German Research Foundation (DFG) will once again fund the Collaborative Research Centre 1357 "Microplastics" at the University of Bayreuth with around 13 million euros over the next four years. The CRC, which was established in 2019, is investigating the increasing contamination of the environment by plastics worldwide and is developing innovative approaches to solutions that counteract the ecological, health and economic dangers caused by this. The close linking of interdisciplinary basic research with problem-related applied research will enable well-founded risk assessments and further strengthen the transfer of knowledge to the public. The BayCEER warmly congratulates all those involved on the new funding period!


Young scientist at the University of Bayreuth featured as "Highly Cited Researcher 2022”

Dr. Martin Löder, environmental researcher at the University of Bayreuth, has been featured as a "Highly cited researcher 2022" by the U.S. company Clarivate. This is shown by the ranking "Highly cited researchers 2022" published by the US company Clarivate. The internationally renowned ranking identifies those researchers whose scientific publications from the period 2011 to 2021 are cited most frequently to date. The Bayreuth scientist is a member of the Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER) and the DFG Collaborative Research Center 1357 "Microplastics" at the University of Bayreuth. Here he has been teaching and researching at the Chair of Animal Ecology I since 2014.


Biodegradable microplastics in soils cause CO₂ emissions to rise

Biodegradable microplastic particles in soils can lead to an increased rise in CO₂ emissions to the Earth's atmosphere. This is shown by an interdisciplinary study published in "Applied Soil Ecology" by the Collaborative Research Centre 1357 "Microplastics" at the University of Bayreuth. In this study, experts from the BayCEER working groups Soil Ecology and Ecological Microbiology compare the effects of a conventional and a biodegradable plastic in different soils in a systematic way for the first time. The consequences for the microbial biomass in the soils, especially on bacteria and fungi, are also analyzed.


Bayreuth case study discovers ecological impact of water-soluble polymers

Water-soluble synthetic polymers (WSSPs) are found in many everyday products. What the consequences are when these plastics enter rivers, lakes and oceans is still largely unexplored. A team from the University of Bayreuth has now systematically investigated the effects on water fleas of the species Daphnia magna for the first time. The polymers selected for testing significantly alter the body size and reproduction of the animals in some cases. The research, published in Science of The Total Environment, shows that water-soluble polymers could have consequences for biodiversity and food chains in aquatic ecosystems that should not be underestimated.

In the Media

How sick does our air make us? [TV show]

On Monday, 14.11. at 7 p.m., the BR environmental TV show "Unkraut" will show a current overview of the state of knowledge on nitrogen oxides and particulate matter from traffic, combustion and agriculture. The atmospheric chemistry working group of Prof. Dr. Anke Nölscher, BayCEER/ University of Bayreuth, will be present with their current research on ultrafine particles.



Upcoming ...

Th. 2022-12-08
Interviews Head of EBG
BayCEER Colloquium:
Th. 2022-12-08
Microbial-mineral interactions: Formation of pyrite and implications for biosignature and environmental research
Th. 2022-12-15
Living on the ice edge: insights into the environmental, climatic, and human history of the Ethiopian highlands
Ecological-Botanical Garden:
Su. 2023-01-01
Führung | Startklar! Bäume und ihre Knospen
We. 2022-12-07 now
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