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Marine biologist Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius and an interdisciplinary team of wastewater experts from Leipzig will each receive half of the 2018 German Environmental Prize award by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU). German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will present the award this week on 28 October in Erfurt.
Prof. Antje Boetius is an expert of marine biogeochemistry. Her studies include the exploration of Arctic deep-sea life under the ice, as well as the long-term observation of the effects of global warming on polar ecosystems.
Some microorganisms form nanowire connections to transfer electric energy. Researchers from Antje Boetius' research group have discovered this transfer between dual-species microbial consortia that degrade methane.
A team of Max Planck researchers from Germany now showed how sunken wood can develop into attractive habitats for a variety of microorganisms and invertebrates.
This fall, the research icebreaker "Polarstern" returned after two months at sea. 54 scientists and technicians from twelve nations collected data on the retreat of the sea ice and the consequences for the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystems.