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One third of Germany is covered with forests

Blick in einen zweistufigen Wald

The forest area has remained constant – about 11.4 million hectares are covered with forests. This is one of the results of the third National Forest Inventory Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, presented in Berlin on the 8th of October. The Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems analysed the data of the federal survey. Now the results are publicly available.

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In einer Käsetheke zu sehende Käsesorten

Expanding GMO labelling

Food from animals fed with GMO feed has not to be labelled yet. The governing parties in Germany intend to expand the labelling requirements to these products. A report of the Thünen-Institute of Market Analysis provides a qualitative description of the implementation efforts for firms (about 270,000 in Germany) and control authorities.

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Bundesminister Schmidt im Eberswalder Wald

Federal Minister visits Thünen Institute in Eberswalde

Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, has visited the Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems in Eberswalde together with a group of journalists. The minister gathered information on forestry aspects and referred to the third National Forest Inventory, which has been completed recently.  Important results of this federal survey will be presented in Berlin on October 8th. 

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Blick in einen Laubwald

German Forests are a significant carbon sink

With their ability to withdraw carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and bind it as a carbon compound, forests play a major role in mitigating the climate change. Calculations by the Thünen Institute show that forests in Germany bind more carbon than they release. This storage capacity, known as “sink”, achieved an average of about 52 million tons CO2 equivalents per year in recent years.  

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Kinder bei der Rinderhaltung in Sambia

Workshop in Zambia

On September 22nd, scientists of the Thünen Institute of Market Analysis and colleagues of the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) meet in Zambia for a workshop to establish convenient tools for identifying the effects of agricultural production on the nutrition status of children in this African state. The aim is to find ways for improving the nutrition of children in rural areas of Zambia.


Die vier Thünen-Institutsleiter Peter Weingarten, Hiltrud Nieberg, Heiner Flessa und Hans-Joachim Weigel

Greening - green washing?

In the current issue of the Thünen magazine “Wissenschaft erleben” four directors of the Thünen Institute comment the greening, a core element of the reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Their assessment: the ecological benefits will stay small.

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Ein Traktor pflügt ein Feld

Agriculture in Germany 2023

The reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy, new trade agreements, global trends: How may these factors influence the German agriculture? A newly released study of the Thünen Institute models various data and gives a projection of the expected trends within the next 20 years. The Thünen Baseline 2013 – 2023 is a valuable tool to analyse different options in agricultural policy.

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Forschungsschiff Walther Herwig III auf See

Research Vessel off the coast of West Africa

In June/July, the fisheries research vessel Walther Herwig III was off the coast of West Africa. Within the framework of a German-French-African cooperation, scientists of the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries investigated the marine ecosystem which is abundant in fish. Members of the scientific crew came from Germany, Spain, Morocco, Senegal and Mauritania. In an online blog, they portrayed the impressions of the cruise.

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Sieger bei „Rostock’s Eleven“ ist erneut ein Thünen-Doktorand

Mit seinem Vortrag zur Rolle des Stichlings als Heringslaich-Räuber hat Paul Kotterba, Doktorand am Thünen-Institut für Ostseefischerei, den diesjährigen Rostocker Preis für Wissenschafts-Kommunikation „Rostock’s Eleven“ gewonnen. Damit ist er nach Petr Zajicek (2013), Simon Weltersbach (2012) und Robert Bauer (2011) bereits der vierte Preisträger in Folge aus diesem Institut.

Thünen junior scientist wins „Rostock’s Eleven“ contest

Paul Kotterba, Ph.D. student at the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, has won the science communication contest “Rostock’s Eleven”. After Petr Zajicek (2013), Simon Weltersbach (2012) and Robert Bauer (2011), he is already the fourth winner working in this institute. 

Ein Roggenfeld im Gewitter

Impact of extreme weather conditions for agriculture and forestry

In a joint project, the Thünen Institute and other research institutions investigate the consequences of regional extreme weather such as heavy rain falls, heatwaves, drought or storms on agriculture and forestry. On a workshop at the Thünen Institute first results were presented and steps of a risk management were discussed.

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Heringslogger an der Pier

Demersal fish assemblage has changed during the last century

In the last century, the fish assemblage in the North Sea has changed with respect to species frequency and length structure of the specimens. Fishery activities are an important part of this change. This indicates an investigation carried out by fisheries biologists of the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, recently published in the Journal of Sea Research. The scientists have compared data from the first decades of the 20th century with recent findings.

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Ausschuss-Sitzung im Deutschen Bundestag

Thünen Institute analyses “Greening” in the German Bundestag

In a hearing of the Committee on Food and Agriculture of the German Bundestag in Berlin on April 7th, 2014 the president of the Thünen Institute, Folkhard Isermeyer, explained the analysis of the Institute concerning the design of the “Greening" within the framework of the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy.

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Expedition in the Sargasso Sea

In March/April, the fisheries rresearch vessel Walther Herwig III was cruising in the Sargasso Sea (West Atlantic). Aboard an international research team under leadership of the Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology investigated the reproduction biology of the European Eel, which is an endangered species in Europe. You can follow up the impressions of this cruise and the research efforts in an online blog.

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Ausschnitt der Titelseite zum Jahresbericht

Annual Report 2013 online

The annual report 2013 of the Thünen Institute is now online. It provides information on the tasks of the 14 institutes and lists the scientific publications of this year. In addition, the report includes information on the structure, the consulting services, events, scientific collaborations as well as the Thünen-member’s teaching activities at universities.

Annual report 2013 (PDF, in German)

Blick in einen Buchenwald

German forests in better condition

In 2013, the condition of the forests in Germany has increased. This is revealed by the yearly published German Forest Condition Survey. Beeches, spruces and oaks have a better health status. The Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems generates the survey, based on the data of the German federal states.

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Ein Wissenschaftler bereitet die Bildanalyse von MDF-Fasern vor

Higher quality by image analytic software

Medium density fibreboards (MDF) belong to the most important wood-based panels worldwide.  The quality of the utilised wood fibre still is determined on a low technical level. In cooperation with several partners, the Thünen Institute of Wood Research is developing a new image analytic software to provide better and more objective quality patterns.


Bauernhof mit Windkraftanlage

Rural areas are profiting from the energy transformation

Farmers as energy farmers: As to the Renewable Energy Sources Act especially sparsely populated rural counties receive considerably more payments per inhabitant for renewable energy than cities. This is one core result of a recent study of the Thünen-Institute.


Die Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin Maria Flachsbarth im Thünen-Institut

State Secretary visits fisheries research institutes

On January 27, 2014 the new Parliamentary State Secretary Maria Flachsbarth visited the fisheries research institutes of the Thünen Institute and the Max Rubner Institute in Hamburg-Altona. The scientists informed her of current research topics as well as of practical aspects of the scientific work.

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