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Prof. Michael Lenhard in the Botanical Garden

To the left or to the right? – Geneticist Prof. Michael Lenhard investigates how plants can tell left from right

In the course of evolution, plants have developed various strategies to prevent self-pollination. The marsh butterfly lily, which originates from... more
Data collection with a field spectrometer

Understanding Tipping Points in Savannas – Ecologist Prof. Anja Linstädter Researches How Humans Affect the Development of African Savannas and Grassland

 
Since September 2020, Anja Linstädter has been Professor for Biodiversity Research and Systematic Botany at the University of Potsdam and Director of... more
Prof. Dr. Carsten Beta

Cell Physics in the Land of the Rising Sun – Japanese Research Professorship for Carsten Beta

End of September, Prof. Carsten Beta, biophysicist at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy, will leave for a research stay of several weeks at the... more
Prof. Michael Hofreiter

AlterEco – Tracing the Ecological Footprint of the Neanderthal

Humans live large. The rainforest, which is so important for the world, is dwindling, as are the polar caps and the permafrost. The goal, agreed upon... more
Researchers target the skin of humpback whales and Magellanic penguins.

Stowaways – What can microorganisms on the skin of whales or penguins reveal about environmental changes?

Humpback whales are among the most impressive animals on earth, with an average length of 13 meters and weighing up to 30 tons. Evolutionary biologist... more
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