Society's demands on modern science include the adequate communication of research results and open dialogue with the public. Research can only contribute to solving urgent social problems if its results are perceived and applied by relevant actors. For the Leibniz-IZW's vision of understanding and improving the adaptability of wildlife, knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange with actors outside of science therefore play a decisive role. In this way, we enable society to understand and use research-based knowledge and to enter into an exchange with us in order to gain additional information and promote the development of new questions.
Epigenetics is when the environment "talks" to the genetic material.
On March 13, 2020, the Rostock Zoo in Darwineum opened a new exhibition on epigenetics. Epigenetics as "the second code" is the instruction manual for the use of our first code - the genome (DNA). The exhibition is the first ever on this topic and a cooperation between the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin and the Rostock Zoo. Under the title "EPIGENEUM – Treat yourself well", it is intended to convey to visitors the fundamental importance of epigenetics for all living creatures and what visitors themselves can do to positively influence the "use of their own genetic "construction kit". The exhibition is bilingual in German and English
Within Europe, wolves have returned in the last three decades to areas where they once occurred and were once exterminated, and thus also to Germany. In the year 2000 the first offspring of wolves in Germany could be proven after more than 150 years. Since then the wolf population has been increasing steadily. In the publication "Habitat modelling and estimation of the potential number of wolf territories in Germany" („Habitatmodellierung und Abschätzung der potenziellen Anzahl von Wolfsterritorien in Deutschland“, BfN-Skript 556) the habitats currently populated by wolves in Germany and their characteristics are analysed. From this it can be deduced which areas in Germany are potentially suitable for wolves.
All wolves found dead in Germany are sent to the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW). At the Leibniz-IZW the cause of death of the wolves is investigated. A wide variety of methods, techniques and research equipment are used: computer tomography, dissection, histology, parasitology, sample securing, forensics, disease diagnosis and preparatory genetics. The Leibniz-IZW currently coordinates all activities on health monitoring of wolves throughout Germany together with authorities and NGOs and publishes its results on the platform of the Federal Documentation and Advice Centre on Wolf Health (DBBW).
In 2017 the Leibniz-IZW founded the Leibniz-IZW-Academy. It offers regularly recurring, highly qualified advanced training programmes for special professional groups for a fee. The aim of the academy is to impart our professional expertise in zoo and wildlife research to specific professional and target group working with wildlife. These include freelance ecological experts, veterinarians, animal keepers, volunteer conservationists, biologists, hunters and representatives of authorities. Current news
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Epigenetics - Bridge between genome and environment
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