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Aerial view of the University of Konstanz, with construction area in the foreground.

New DFG research unit "DynaSym"

How different species interact with each other, for example as predator and prey, is by no means fixed and can depend on the prevailing environmental conditions. Which factors play a role in this process is the focus topic of the new DFG research unit "DynaSym", with the participation of the University of Konstanz. The unit's spokesperson is Lutz Becks.

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Gefährdung der Felchen im Bodensee

Für die Fische im Bodensee können steigende Wassertemperaturen bestandsbedrohend sein. Biologen der Universität Konstanz und der Fischereiforschungsstelle Baden-Württemberg konnten nun nachweisen, dass mit der Wassertemperatur auch die Felchen-Sterblichkeit im Larvenstadium steigt.

[Translate to Englisch:] Quaggamuscheln im Genfersee: Die Biomasse pro Quadratmeter dürfte in den nächsten 22 Jahren noch um den Faktor 9 bis 20 anwachsen.

Quagga mussel: Forecasts for affected lakes

A comparison of Lake Constance, Lake Geneva and Lake Biel with the Great Lakes of North America shows that the invasive quagga mussel is spreading with similar dynamics on both continents. This gives Europe a glimpse into the future.

The mystery of phosphite – a scientific detective story

Konstanz biologists have discovered a phosphorus-based bacterial metabolism that is both new and ancient. In a special role: a calculation from the 1980s, a sewage plant, a new bacterial organism, and a remnant from around 2.5 billion years ago.

Keiko Kitagawa during the excavation in the Lone Valley in southern Germany. Copyright: Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Baden-Württemberg

Genetic traces of the woolly rhinoceros in southern Germany

A woolly rhinoceros in southern Germany? Researchers from the universities in Konstanz and Tübingen as well as the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Baden-Württemberg reconstruct the flora and fauna of the Stone Age based on genetic clues in hyena coprolites. Now, for the first time ever, they were able to sequence the mitochondrial genome of the extinct European woolly rhinoceros.

Self-healing plastic becomes biodegradable

Konstanz chemists develop mineral plastics with numerous positive properties from sustainable basic building blocks and, together with biologists, demonstrate the material's excellent microbiological degradability.

How coral reefs can survive climate change

Astonishing results published from individual projects of the Tara Pacific expedition studying coral reefs – the entire dataset is made publicly available – coordinator is a biologist from the University of Konstanz