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After a break due to Corona, the International Green Week is taking place again this year in Berlin as a trade fair for the general public. The Thünen Institute will participate with various activities.

Foto des Nordeingangs des Berliner Messegeländes im Gegenlicht mit wehenden Grüne-Woche-Fahnen.

Climate change is taking its toll on forests. There is no question: the forests must be made fit for the challenges of the coming years. But what will the forest of the future look like? Will there still be beech, oak, pine and spruce? Or will exotic species take over?


In his keynote address at Harvard Business School in Boston, Christian Hundt, director of the Thünen Institute of Rural Economics, presented research findings on the economic development of rural areas in Germany.

Christian Hundt bei seinem Vortrag in der Harvard Business School in Boston.

The coalition agreement of the current federal government provides for a stop of logging in old, near-natural beech forests in public ownership. This is intended as a contribution to both climate protection and biodiversity conservation. What can we expect from this measure? An assessment.

Blick in den Urwald Sababurg, Naturpark Reinhardswald, mit alten Buchen und Totholz.

When fishing for pelagics with midwater trawls, in most cases only one species is caught at the same time. The situation is different in bottom trawl fisheries where the catch consists of a mix of species. If the stock status differs among these species, fisheries management becomes challenging.

Verschiedene Fischarten nach dem Fang

More and more consumers consider sustainability when shopping. Various labels promise orientation, but only provide information on specific aspects. The idea is that a national label should cover all aspects of a sustainably manufactured product. Can this work?

Verschiedene Schokoladentafeln und Nüsse, das Podcast-Logo in der oberen rechten Ecke

An estimated 1.6 million tonnes of munition from the world wars are still stored on the seabed of German waters in the North and Baltic Seas. The Bundestag has now approved a 100 million euros action programme to recover contaminated sites. The Thünen Institute provides important data for this.

Blick auf das Untersuchungsgebiet Kolberger Heide in der Kieler Bucht.

30 percent organic farming by 2030! Not least since the outbreak of the Ukraine war, there has been criticism of the German government's goal. In our new podcast we ask: Is organic farming suitable for the masses?

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First studies on the enrichment of humus by flower strips

Ein Blühstreifen mit einer Sonnenblume im Vordergrund.

The Thünen Research Prizes 2021 for an outstanding science-oriented achievement and for excellent target group-oriented work have now been awarded at the Thünen Institute.

Die Preisträgerinen und Preisträger des Thünen-Forschungspreises zusammen mit dem GdF-Vorsitzenden Lorenz von Schintling-Horny und Thünen-Präsident Folkhard Isermeyer auf der Bühne des Thünen-Forums.

In its annual advice, ICES provides an overview of the status of exploited fish stocks in the northeast Atlantic and publishes recommendations for future sustainable fishing opportunities. We explain what the advice means for German fisheries.

Ein Netz mit frisch gefangenem Fisch liegt an Deck des Fischereiforschungsschiffs Walther Herwig III

So far, there is no national animal welfare report in Germany. The National Animal Welfare Monitoring (NaTiMon) project is developing the foundations for this.

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On 20/21 August 2022, visitors were able to take a look behind the scenes at the BMEL's Open Day in Berlin. The Thünen Institute was also there with exciting topics.

Logo des Tages der offenen Tür der Bundesministerien in Berlin am 21. und 21.08.20222022

Scientists of the Thünen Institute do not expect a significant decrease in consumption of wood products in the EU, but an increase in production in non-EU countries

Holzpolter im Hafen mit Kran

Russia's war against Ukraine has implications for the global food and commodity supply situation. In the following, we have outlined possible effects on agricultural markets, fisheries and timber markets.

Verschiedene Landwirtschaftsmaschinen vor mehreren Getreidespeichern

Researchers discover a connection between deep-sea fish and the impacts of climate change at the surface

Blick über das Achterdeck auf mit Schnee bedeckte Berge und das Wasser

Scientists from the Thünen Institute have demonstrated that the domestic shark species displays a change in swimming behavior when migrating from the shallow North Sea into the ocean


Thünen Institute proposes concepts for joint land use by wind farm operators and fisheries

Windräder stehen im Meer

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