Botanical Garden

Welcome to the Faculty of Biological Sciences

Botanical Garden
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Famous scholars such as the biologist Matthias Jacob Schleiden (1804-1881) and the zoologist Zoologe Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) lived and worked in Jena. Today this tradition is still the benchmark for superior science practice and education at the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences cooperates with other faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University and non-university research institutes of the Max Planck Society and the Leibniz Association in several coordinated research projects. These projects are part the Cluster of Excellence "Balance of the Microverse" funded by the German Research Foundation.  

Exzellence cluster Balance of the Microverse
Research Cluster Balance of the Microverse
The Research Cluster investigates the complex interactions of microorganisms with other organisms and with their environment, which are of great significance for the functioning of ecosystems, our climate and the well-being of plants, animals and humans.

Latest News

4 Aug 2020 · Life
Identifying the blind spots of soil biodiversity
Only few studies investigate soil biodiversity in tropical and subtropical regions
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Regenwürmer gehören zu den bekannten Bodenbewohnern, über andere Bodenbewohner ist wenig bekannt.
12 Jun 2020 · Life
Water bacteria have a green thumb
Research team discover new natural products that bacteria in water use to regulate the growth of competing organisms
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Rasterelektronenmikroskopische Aufnahme von Stieleria maiorica. Zellen in pink. Matrix in blau.
2 Jun 2020 · Life
New experiment design improves reproducibility
International research team proposes measures to increase the reproducibility of biomedical experiments
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Forschung mit einer Gewächshausspinne.
7 Feb 2020 · Life
Chemical small talk – how bacteria calculate density
Kai Papenfort is the new Professor of General Microbiology. He is studying how microbes recognise members of their community
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Mikrobiologe Prof. Dr. Kai Papenfort ist Experte für "Quorum Sensing".
18 Nov 2019 · Life
Antibiotics from the sea
Research team cultivates marine bacteria that had previously been paid little attention and taps potential source of new ...
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Taucher sammeln Blätter des Neptungrases (Posidonia oceanica) in der Bucht von Calvi auf Korsika.
24 Oct 2019 · Life
Higher local earthworm diversity in Europe than in the tropics
Global climate change could alter earthworm communities worldwide
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Ein junger Regenwurm.
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