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New bacterial species discovered in the intestine

Researchers from MPI-EB Plön and Kiel University hope that the newly described species will provide a better understanding of the evolution of the genus Bacteroides as part of a healthy microbiota more

The participants of the workshop "Mathematical modeling of microbiomes".

The workshop was held at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology from September 14-16, 2022. This was organized by Florence Bansept, Michael Sieber, and Román Zapién-Campos with support from Arne Traulsen and the Department of Evolutionary Theory. About 40 participants from 13 countries and all career stages gathered in Plön to discuss topics related to the emerging field of science that is theoretical research on microbiomes.

Researcher from Schleswig-Holstein becomes member of Leopoldina

Professor Alexandra Zoe Worden honored for her scientific achievements in the field of ecology and biology of ocean ecosystems with membership in the academy more

Young genes adapt faster than old ones

A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön and the University of Sussex in the UK shows that the age of a gene determines how fast they adapt. These findings demonstrate how gene evolution occurs as an “adaptive walk” through time. more

Evolution and ecological competition of multicellular life cycles

New studies by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology show that competition between different evolutionary developmental stages of multicellular life cycles can be important for the development of an entire population. Without direct competition, only the growth rate of a population determines which life cycle prevails. Ecological competition, on the other hand, can lead to the selection of completely different life cycles. more

Dioscuri Workshop


September 13, 2022

Successful conclusion of the Dioscuri workshop "Physical and chemical determinants of biological evolution" more

Individual genetics helps determine composition of the gut microbiome

CRC 1182-research team finds evidence in large genome study that points to genetics influencing the composition of an organism's microbial colonization more

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