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Wir präsentieren Ihnen die Inhalte einer NATURE COMMUNICATIONS Publikation. Die Veranstaltung wird vom Springer Nature Verlag moderiert. Als Gäste sind Herr Prof. Dr. Matthias Kleiner – Präsident der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft – und Frau Nina Ruge – UN-Dekade Botschafterin – angefragt.

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Luchs / Autor: Ralph Frank, WWF
Luchs / Autor: Ralph Frank, WWF

Luchse in Gefahr

Studie legt nahe, dass Menschen den Raubkatzen im Grenzgebiet von Deutschland, Tschechien und Österreich stark zusetzen.

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Dry landscapes can increase disease transmission

Dry landscapes can increase disease transmission

In water-limited landscapes sick animals can have increased contact with healthy individuals, which can facilitate disease transmission. Scientists from the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) present these findings in the British Ecological Society journal Functional Ecology.

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Large antlered muntjac / Autoren: Leibniz-IZW, WWF-Vietnam, USAID Song Thanh Nature Reserve
Large antlered muntjac / Autoren: Leibniz-IZW, WWF-Vietnam, USAID Song Thanh Nature Reserve

First record of large-antlered muntjac in Quang Nam, Vietnam, in the wild provides new hope for the survival of this species

Quang Nam – 21st May, 2018 - In November 2017 - under a biodiversity monitoring and assessment activity supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) - scientists and conservationists of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) and WWF-Vietnam captured photographs of one of the rarest and most threatened mammal species of Southeast Asia, the large-antlered muntjac (Muntiacus vuquangensis), in Quang Nam province, central Vietnam. Prior to this milestone, this species had only been camera trapped in three protected areas in all of Vietnam since the year 2000. The new records from Quang Nam - which include photographs of both a male and a female - provide new hope for the continued survival of a species that is on the brink of extinction.

 

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DNA, Author: pixabay.com
DNA, Author: pixabay.com

The dark side of our genes – healthy ageing in modern times

The transition to modernity – largely driven by the Industrial Revolution – provided us with easier access to food and clean water, with antibiotics, vaccines, and modern medicine. Yet modernity did not just bring fewer infectious diseases and longer life: it also created an environment radically different from the one we evolved in. Genes helpful in our evolutionary past may now predispose us to chronic disease – such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer – in old ages. In a paper published in the journal Nature Review Genetics an international team of five scientists collate the evidence for this mismatch between past evolutionary adaptation and our modern lives. They also ask whether natural selection linked to modernization might reduce globally the burden of some chronic diseases.

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