Botanical Garden

Welcome to the Faculty of Biological Sciences

Botanical Garden
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The Faculty of Biological Sciences represents a broad variety of biological disciplines as well as the nutritional sciences and pharmacy. Famous scholars such as the botanist Matthias Jacob Schleiden (1804-1881) and the zoologist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) worked here with their sunny and dark sides.

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" External linkfunded by the German Research Foundation.  

Fieldwork Bad Lauchstaedt
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)External link
The iDiv is located in Jena, Halle and Leipzig and aims to establish the scientific basis for the sustainable management of our planet’s biodiversity.

Latest News

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Jena research team has found a bacterium that forms a team with a green alga that supports each other's growth
Wild-type strains of the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in liquid culture.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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Candida albicans toxin plays a special role in the colonization of the digestive tract
Candida albicans in the yeast and hyphae form on human epithelial cells.
Image: Leibniz-HKI
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New insights into the release of Candidalysin promise progress in the treatment of Candida albicans infections
The fungus Candida albicans (blue colouring) invades a human epithelial cell and produces the toxin Candidalysin (yellow colouring).
Image: Selene Mogavero / Leibniz-HKI
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Jena research team shows how the reduced activity of an enzyme can contribute to extending lifespan
Dr Holger Bierhoff from the University of Jena is one of the authors of the study.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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Prof. Dr Kirsten Küsel elected as a new Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
Prof. Dr Kirsten Küsel.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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Resistant starch supports weight loss
Gianni Panagiotou with a graphic showing the composition of the patient's microbiome in the study.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)