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Guests at AWI

Visit in Bremerhaven before expedition starts

Organisators and Participants of Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) at the AWI

[22. November 2016] 

A group of organisators and participants of the transit cruise of the so-called Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) visited the Alfred Wegener Institute last Saturday. The guests subsequently started for their expedition with the research vessel Akademik Treshnikov from Bremerhaven towards Cape Town.

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

[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

[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.