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Workshop on Genomics & Bioinformatics [July 2017]
The 5th 'International Workshop on Prokaryotic Genomics & Bioinformatics' took place from 18-21 July 2017 (→ read more)
Joining ERA-IB consortium MetaCat [January 2017]
Since January 2017 our department belongs to the MetaCat consortium - a metagenomic collection of novel and highly efficient biocatalysts for industrial biotechnology (→ read more)
New OBAC cluster funded within ERA-IB [November 2016]
Partners form Frankfurt, Ulm, La Coruna, Gent and Göttingen will work together within the joint project 'OBAC - Overcoming energetic barriers in acetogenic conversion of carbon dioxide'. (→ read more)
FLEXIZUCKER - new BMEL funded project [October 2016]
Process engineering, enzymatic and genomic characterization of a flexible biogas production with targeted use of sugar beets (→ read more)
Annual Genomics Workshop [July 2016]
The 4th 'International Workshop on Prokaryotic Genomics & Bioinformatics' took place from 19-22 July 2016. (→ read more)

News (Archive)

› Annual Genomics Workshop [July 2016] (→ read more)
› CDiff project elongation until 2018 [July 2016] (→ read more)
› ANTIRES - new joint project [June 2016] (→ read more)
› ProkaGENOMICS 2015 conference [Oct 2015] (→ read more)
› iGEM Team Göttingen 2015 [September 2015] (→ read more)
› Annual Genomics Workshop [July 2015] (→ read more)
› RETROBIO - Successful project application within ERASynBio [March 2015] (→ read more)
› Annual Genomics Workshop [July 2014] (→ read more)
› BEFmate - new joint project [March 2014] (→ read more)
› 'Roseobacter'-SFB verlängert [November 2013] (→ read more)
› Norddeutscher Wissenschaftspreis 2013 verliehen [November 2013] (→ read more)
› Annual Genomics Workshop [October 2013] (→ read more)
› CDiff: Start of 3.9 Million Euro project [August 2013] (→ read more)
› ERA-IB 3 consortium has started work [May 2013] (→ read more)
› Forschungsprojekt: Europäische Faulbrut bei Bienen [4. April 2013] (→ read more)
› Ministerin Wanka eröffnet neues Genomik-Zentrum [11. Januar 2013] (→ read more)
› New multilateral research project within ERA-IB [December 2012] (→ read more)
› New DFG Priority Programme: Ecosystem Nutrition [May 2012] (→ read more)
› Next Polarstern trip started in March (Puntas Arenas, Chile) [March 2012] (→ read more)
› SFB 990 (Sumatra) started / Project B02 [January 2012] (→ read more)
› Two Co-Workers left for Polarstern trip (Cape Town, South Africa) [December 2011] (→ read more)
› Not EHEC, but rather EAHEC [June 2011] (→ read more)

BEFmate - new joint project (March 2014)
Biodiversity - Ecosystem Functioning across marine and terrestrial ecosystems (BEFmate) is a joint project by the Universities of Oldenburg and Göttingen. It addresses biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships across marine and terrestrial ecosystems employing meta-analyses, syntheses, ecological modeling and empirical experiments.
The current rate of change in biodiversity is orders of magnitudes higher than in the fossil record reflecting human domination and alteration of the Earth’s ecosystems. The aim of reducing the rate of global biodiversity loss as part of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has not been achieved, due in large part to the major pressures on biodiversity still increasing. Consequently, research on biodiversity-ecosystem function (BEF) relationships has become a major facet of ecology in just two decades and, more recently, of evolutionary biology as well.

Kick-Off meeting of BEFmate scientists in March 2014

Over the last decade BEF experiments have unraveled positive, negative or idiosyncratic patterns for different communities and species groups. While these approaches provided detailed predictions how changes in species richness may affect the functioning of specific ecosystems, a more general understanding of BEF relationships and why they differ across communities and ecosystems remained elusive. This illustrates an urgent need to synthesize BEF research with ecological theory that generalizes patterns and processes. Over the last decades, substantial theoretical progress was achieved in the understanding of the stoichiometric, allometric (i.e., body size), food-web and spatial structure of species communities. These independent bodies of theory provide an unprecedented mechanistic understanding how species differ according to these general traits, but systematic synthesizes with BEF models and experiments is still lacking.

BEFmate addresses these challenges by formulating five major goals:

Goal 1: Understanding biodiversity-ecosystem function relationships across marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

Goal 2: Assessing the functional consequences of biodiversity change across the tree of life and across the entire range of biological organization from genes to ecosystems.

Goal 3: Merging ecological and evolutionary aspects of functional biodiversity research

Goal 4: Synthesizing BEF research with ecological theory on elemental stoichiometry, species' allometry, and food-web structure.

Goal 5: Unraveling how neutral and dispersal processes affect BEF relationships in space and time

BEFmate homepage