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High-ranking international guests visit Bielefeld University

Published on 20. Mai 2019
University encourages strategic cooperations

International scientists in Bielefeld: Andrea Esperanza González Torres (University of Guadalajara), Bert Verveld (Amsterdam University of Arts), Maiko Yamaguchi (Osaka University), Cinthya Alejandra Navarro Pantoja (Universidad de Guadalajara), Héctor Raúl Solís Gadea (Universidad de Guadalajara), Angelika Epple (Bielefeld University), Antoine Cazé (Université Paris Diderot), Greta Cummings (University of Alberta), Toshiharu Hase (Osaka Daigaku) und Doug Weir (University of Alberta), Stefano Cavazza (University of Bologna). Photo: Bielefeld University/S. Sättele
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Bielefeld University sent out invitations to important international partners. Last week, representatives of international strategic partner universities visited the university and the city. The guests met their cooperation partners and held talks on the topic of ‘international networking’. On Friday, they attended an evening event at the Rudolf Oetker Hall.
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Climate change has long-term impact on species adaptability

Published on 20. Mai 2019
Analysis of the alpine marmot’s genome

Photo: Carole and Denis Favre-Bonvin
Photo: Carole and Denis Favre-Bonvin
Historic climate change events can have a lasting impact on the genetic diversity of a species, reveals a new study published in Current Biology. This unexpected finding emerged from an analysis of the alpine marmot’s genome. An iconic animal known to tourists and mountaineers, the alpine marmot is a large rodent exquisitely adapted to cold climates. Since the disappearance of its ice-age habitat, the alpine marmot has resided in high-altitude meadows in the Alps. In this new study co-led by the Francis Crick Institute, an international team of scientists sequenced the genomes of alpine marmots living in three sites in the French and Italian Alps, and found that the animal’s genetic diversity is among the lowest of wild mammals. By reconstructing the marmot’s genetic past with the help of fossil records, they discovered that it lost its genetic diversity during the last ice age as a consequence of multiple climate related adaptations. Toni Gossmann is first-author of the paper and researcher at the University of Sheffield and Bielefeld University in Germany.[Weiterlesen]
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