Entries by Anke Bebber

Diversity of life – Habitat diversity

Biodiversity – The Series The three main aspects of biodiversity are species diversity, the genetic diversity of a species and the diversity of habitats in a region. We cover all those aspects in dedicated articles. In this one, we take a closer look at how important it is to have multiple habitats in a given […]

Diversity of life – Genetic diversity

Biodiversity – The Series The three main aspects of biodiversity are species diversity, the genetic diversity of a species and the diversity of habitats in a region. We cover all those aspects in dedicated articles. In this one, we take a closer look at the aspect of genetic diversity. Genetic diversity A species consists of […]

Diversity of life – Species diversity

Biodiversity – The Series The three main aspects of biodiversity are species diversity, the genetic diversity of a species and the diversity of habitats in a region. We cover all those aspects in dedicated articles. In this one, we take a closer look at the aspect of species diversity. Species diversity The term species diversity […]

Diversity of life – Biodiversity

Biodiversity is not the same as species diversity Biodiversity is a term you read in many places, but what exactly does it mean? In simple terms, biodiversity is the variety of life on earth. Many people use the term species diversity as a synonym for biodiversity, but this falls short. High biodiversity not only refers […]

A closer look at flowers: thermoregulation in winter

In winter or in cold habitats such as high mountains, an optimal flower temperature is important for successful reproduction. Some plants can actively produce heat in their flowers, such as Helleborus foetidus, using yeast bacteria in the nectar (Herrera and Pozo, 2010). But this is the exception. For most plants in cold regions (or early […]

Flora-Incognita observations enable phenological monitoring throughout Europe

A new study by our research group shows that plant observations collected with identification apps can provide information about the developmental stages of plants – both on a small scale and across Europe. [Read the paper] Why is it important to document phenology? Many plants in temperate climates go through a cycle of flowering, leaf […]

Winter jasmine or forsythia?

“So early this year!” Every year from Christmas onwards, we receive messages that the “forsythia is blooming particularly early this year”. No wonder, as its yellow flowers shine particularly beautifully in the gray dreariness (of our towns and villages) – but beware! The shrubs often catching the eye in December and January are (usually) not […]

“Sonja Bernadotte Award for Paths to Nature Education” 2023 for Flora Incognita

The “Sonja Bernadotte Award for Paths to Nature Education” is annually presented by the German Horticultural Society 1822 (DGG) and serves as a recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of nature education. The award aims to raise awareness about the importance of nature education and experiences, strengthen commitment to nature education, and provide financial […]

Autumn Leaves: What Lies Behind the Explosion of Colors and Rustling Leaves?

Magical Autumn Green, yellow, red, brown leaves in all transitional phases currently call for long forest walks, providing atmospheric nature experiences and creative inspirations. However, there’s nothing magical behind this: decomposition and substance transport are responsible for the transformation. The aging process is known as senescence, and the eventual leaf fall is termed abscission. Let’s […]

Phenology: Late Autumn – Preparing for Winter

Leaf surfaces play a crucial role in plant biology, facilitating the evaporation of water absorbed through roots. The shedding of leaves in autumn prevents them from drying out when frost freezes the water in the soil. Late autumn marks the final phenological season before the period of dormancy, signaled by the changing color of English […]