Research spotlights

SNSB develops new diagnostic app for natural science objects

22. April 2022 | Research spotlights

The IT Center of the Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB) presented its new app ‘DiversityNaviKey’ (DNK) – a tool for reliable identification of natural science objects. The application is based on scientific data sources managed by the established database system of the SNSB, Diversity Workbench. The freely accessible software application DiversityNaviKey (DNK) is a generic […]

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Looking inside the stomach of carnivorous plants – genetic “botanical crime scene investigation” reveals diet

22. March 2022 | Research spotlights

SNSB researchers determine the exact diet of Australian carnivorous plants by analyzing the genes of their prey. Even tiny parasites on captured insects could be detected in this way. The scientists have now published the results of their study in the journal Scientific Reports. Carnivorous plants attract, catch and digest small animals in order to […]

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A rare glimpse into the past of the anthrax pathogen Bacillus anthracis

20. March 2022 | Research spotlights

During an inventory, a scientist at the Bavarian State Collection of Botany (SNSB-BSM) made a surprising discovery: a 142-year-old slide containing a blood sample that came from a cow infected with the anthrax pathogen Bacillus anthracis. Scientists at the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology (IMB) were able to decode the oldest documented genome of B. anthracis […]

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Endangered Plant Species in Bavaria

4. March 2022 | Research spotlights

In cooperation and with funding from the Bavarian State Office for the Environment (LfU), a new Red List of endangered ferns and flowering plants of Bavaria is currently being compiled by scientist

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Endangered Botanic Predators: Globally, One Fourth of Carnivorous Plants Are Threatened

3. March 2022 | Research spotlights

An international research team including botanist Andreas Fleischmann from SNSB-BSM has evaluated the Red List threat categories for all 860 known species of carnivorous plants in the light of the 21st Century – the Anthropocene, i.e. the geological time impacted by human ecological influences like habitat destruction, pollution and global climate change. The scientists now […]

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Integration of Research Data Explains the Global Occurrence of Lichens Based on the Function of Their Secondary Metabolites

3. March 2022 | Research spotlights

The global distribution patterns of lichen communities consisting of fungi and algae are not only an effect of internal evolutionary processes

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