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Arctic Frontiers Seminar Abroard

Arctic Biodiversity

Norwegian and German scientists discuss current state and research perspectives

[15. November 2016] 

Norwegian and German scientists meet for a seminar in the "Haus der Wissenschaft" in Bremen for a seminar  on 16 November 2016. Together they are going to talk about Arctic biodiversity: Current state and research perspectives.


Research Minister Wanka visits the University of Oldenburg

Talks about the new Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity

Bundesforschungsministerin Johanna Wanka (2.v.l.) mit AWI-Direktorin Karin Lochte beim Besuch der Oldenburger Universität
[02. November 2016] 

Federal Research Minister Prof Dr Johanna Wanka and AWI Director Prof Dr Karin Lochte visited the University of Oldenburg. The discussions focussed on the new Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity.

Ecological Chemistry

Mealtime for Microbes

New study shows for the first time how large the amount of organic sulfur in the sea is

[01. November 2016] 

Sulfur is an essential element of life in the ocean. But so far, researchers know little about the amounts of sulfur and its processes of decomposition. A research team with the participation of the AWI could now conclude a part of the knowledge gap. Their results have now been published in the journal Science.


Mystery of archaeal butane degradation solved

Dr. Florin Musat am ultrahochauflösenden Massenspektrometer im UFZ. Dieses Gerät ist wichtiger Bestandteil der Technologieplattform ProVIS, die Forschern weltweit die Möglichkeit zu mikroskopischen Einblicken in Zellen und ihre räumliche Anordnung bietet. (
[18. October 2016] 

Researchers from the Research Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology of the Helmholtz Association and the Max Planck Society discovered microbial communities thriving on the hydrocarbon butane without the help of molecular oxygen. The microbial consortia, obtained from hydrothermally heated sediments in Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California, use unprecedented biochemistry to feed on butane.

Rock cores

Search for the effects of the Chicxulub asteroid impact on life

International expedition to the Chicxulub impact crater

Bohrkerne des Chicxulub-Einschlagskraters vor der Küste Mexikos
[12. October 2016] 

A team of international scientists drilled into the site of the asteroid impact, known as the Chicxulub Impact Crater, which occurred 66 million years ago. This joint expedition recovered a nearly complete set of rock cores from 506 to 1335 meters below the modern day seafloor.