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On the site of the future forest garden in Britz.

A Fertile Place – Three forest gardens are being created in Berlin-Britz and Kassel

The future of humankind lies in the city. Today, 57% of the world’s population is already living in cities. By 2030, it is estimated that this number... more
Prof. Günther and his wife (with mask) with Dr. Abdalla Ibrahim Ali from the State University of Zanzibar (white shirt), Mayor Ali Haji Haji (on the left in a black suit) and Mwajuma Ali Abadi (with red headscarf next to Dr. Abdalla) from the Zanzibar Municipality. The photo is from Dr. Michael Burkart

The Zanzibar Experience – Planting Trees in the “Partner Garden”

Zanzibar is one of Potsdam’s twin cities – both the Potsdam city administration and the university maintain lively contacts and frequently carry out... more
Prof. Dr. Katja Hanack (M.) und Anja Hönow (l.) im Interview

Cells with Special Demands – A new detection system for SARS-CoV-2 is being developed at the University of Potsdam

COVID-19 tests are an important tool in pandemic response. Antigen rapid tests provide a result in just a few minutes but are relatively inaccurate.... more
Areas of forest fires in 2018, … | Photo: Dr. Thilo Heinken

The forest of tomorrow – On former burnt areas, researchers are studying how forests can become more resilient

The forest in Germany is doing badly. Since 1984, the health of trees has been published in the annual forest condition report. In 2020, only 21% of... more
PhD student Nastasja Grdseloff and Prof. Salim Seyfried assessing light sheet microscopy images | Photo: Kevin Ryl

Searching for a common denominator – Research network “V.A. Cure” investigates rare diseases

How do you research rare diseases for which there is no lobby? With the help of zebrafish, Potsdam University’s physiologist Prof. Dr. Salim Seyfried... more
Brown hare with transmitter | Photo: Carolin Scholz

Where the hare runs – How animals’ movements contribute to biodiversity in agricultural landscapes

The preservation of biodiversity is a social mandate. In the Research Training Group "BioMove" at the University of Potsdam, experienced experts are... more
The possibilities of molecular biology are developing rapidly. | Photo: AdobeStock/ipopba

Scissors for Genetic Material – Lena Hochrein optimizes molecular methods

The possibilities of molecular biology are developing rapidly. Today, researchers are able to modify the genome of every cell quickly, economically,... more
The research team in Namibia | Photo: Olwen Evans

Where Kudu and Springbok Live – Researchers from Potsdam examine if good wildlife management can help the savanna

The savanna is in danger. The African grasslands - picturesque groups of trees on wide plains, large herds of wild animals passing by, vigilantly eyed... more
Bioreactor for cultivating microorganisms in the innoFSPEC lab | Photo: Ernst Kazcysnki

Not Without Alternatives – Bioplastic made from waste replaces conventional plastics

Plastic is a part of our everyday life. It has been made from oil, natural gas, and coal for over 100 years. The negative consequences of this flood... more
In the laboratory. | Photo: Thomas Roese

When Plants Sound the Alarm – How genes and molecules protect plants from heat

Isabel Bäurle is a biologist who researches the heat stress memory of plants at the molecular level. Her findings could give fresh impetus to the... more