Grass and flowers sourced locally - Science DailyWednesday, October 5, 2016
The team tested whether this hypothesis is correct in a second study. To do so, the researchers sowed the seven species from the eight regions in Freising, Tübingen, Halle (Saale) and Münster, and observed how well they grew, and when they flowered. "In the case of many of the grassland species examined, it was indeed the case that plants that had the same regional origin grew better," reported Dr. Anna Bucharova and Prof. Oliver Bossdorf from the University of Tübingen. For example, on average, regional plants produced seven percent more biomass and ten percent more inflorescences than members of the same species that came from other regions of origin.
Reactions to climate change
Even the unusually warm temperatures in summer 2013, when the tests were carried out, had no effect on the test results. Critics of the regional seed concept often argue that it is not future-proof in a time of climate change: their argument is that, as temperatures increase, plants from the south are more likely to succeed than plants from the same region. However, the researchers found no indicators that this is the case: although temperatures in the experimental gardens in 2013 were 1.5 to two degrees above the average, calculated over many years, the plants from warmer regions had no advantage. This may be due to the fact that it is not only the temperature that is the decisive factor in whether growth is better or worse. The length of the days, or the composition of the microbial communities at the particular location, might also play an important role. If the regional plants are better adapted to suit such factors, then they can obviously also make use of their inherent relative strengths in warm years.
Yet it was not only the plant itself that profited from its adaptation to regional conditions. The researchers also discovered that the individual variants also flower at different times. Brown knapweed of different origins flowered up to 17 days apart. In the case of white bedstraw the difference was as much as 23 days. "From an ecological point of view, that is a huge difference," said Anna Bucharova. It should also be remembered that many animal species, from the pollinators to the inhabitants of the flower heads to the seed eaters, operate on the time plan that is usual for the region. "Scientifically, there is a real danger that this entire ecosystem could get into difficulties if plants from a different region flowered at the wrong time," she said. This is yet another reason for fostering the use of seed originating from the same region.
Germany's churches warn against upsurge in racismThursday, September 13, 2018
Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), Thomas Sternberg, described the AfD as an extreme right party and called on all free and democratic forces to resist it ahead of by-elections in Bavaria and Hesse. The head of Germans lay people Catholics did not hesitate to draw a parallel with the Nazi Party, which came to power by the ballot in the last phase of the Weimar Republic. While denouncing the demonization of immigration, Thomas Sternberg also recognized the need to set economic, social and societal limits for immigration. Exploring these limits, particularly to be able to ensure the necessary protection for those who need it, is an enormous challenge for our society, Sternberg said, wondering at the reasons why some Germans felt abandoned. However, he added: I think a democratic state can overcome all that. Dignity at the heart of social consensus In late August, at the heart of the Chemnitz riots, the president of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, also warned German voters against the AfD. Those who vote for the AfD need to know that they are giving legitimacy to forces that go all the way to the extreme right and which use Nazi slogans, he said. Repositioning human dignity at the heart of the social consensus, the head of Germanys Protestants urged those who see themselves as Christians to seize the opportunity of the upcoming elections to send a clear signal against such slogans. https://international.la-croix.com/news/germanys-churches-warn-against-upsurge-in-racism/8381
From Oktoberfest in Munich to Morocco's Oasis, partake in local festivities as you discover a new destinationThursday, September 13, 2018
Oktoberfest is commonly associated as a beer fest with locally brewed beverage stealing the spotlight. Although, beer remains its essence, it actually reflects the culture of Bavarian food, clothes and traditions. Over the years, Munich has changed the stereotype of being associated with just food and drinks; the festival has a Ferris Wheel, rollercoaster's, games and traditional Bavarian parade to set the fun quotient soaring.
So it's not just about clanking of mugs, Oktoberfest is a well-rounded attraction to your visit to Germany with family too. If you are here to enjoy the true essence of the fest, make sure to catch the official opening ceremonies. At noon, the Mayor of Munich taps open the barrel, officially flagging off the party. Visitors then begin to quench their thirst. While booking for the Oktoberfest begins months in advance, it is recommended to get here early if you intend to secure a good spot in one of the tents.
Trivia: The beer mugs, called steins are much sought-after souvenirs during Oktoberfest. But they actually belong to the property of the respective landlords. Ever tent has macho, bouncer type security guards who look out for people trying to steal the mugs.
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When: September 14 - 16, 2018
Make sure to visit iconic monuments such as Edround considered as Gate to the Sahara Desert.Oasis, the ongoing three-day festival held in Morocco, seeks to heighten the dessert landscape of Morocco further on. In its second addition this exotic, sun-soaked techno fest is a thrilling addition to the music calendar. Hosted in the Moroccan capital, Marrakech, it featured Richie Hawtin, Ellen Allien and Jeff Mills in the first edition along with the emerging stars of the underground. The festival is a perfect destination of discerning electronic music fans. Music aside, the festival's enviable location offers enough opportunity to kick back on a sun-lounger in between performances.
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Princess Sofia of Sweden Looked Straight Out of a Fairytale at Prince Konstantin of Bavaria's Royal WeddingThursday, September 13, 2018
There was another royal wedding over the weekend, and we can't stop gushing over how amazing Princess Sofia of Sweden looked at the event.Prince Konstantin of Bavaria married Deniz Kaya in St. Moritz in Switzerland on Saturday, and the event was nothing short of picturesque. The bride wore a long-sleeve ivory lace gown, and pulled her hair into a low chignon to show off her delicate veil. Her makeup was simple and natural-looking, a la Meghan Markle's for her big day, and the most statement making part of her look was a pair of large diamond earrings.After the ceremony, the Prince and Princess of Bavaria were showered in confetti by adorable page boys and flower girls, who wore blue-and-white floral print dresses and crowns made of fresh flowers. According The Daily Mail, the celebration continued at a lavish reception and dinner in the nearby town of Engadine.Gisela SchoberThe guest list was reportedly just as glamorous as the backdrop for the big day, and included a number of members of the royal family and European high society. Per usual, Princess Sofia of Sweden brought her outfit A-game, and looked chic as ever in the perfect end-of-summer wedding guest dress. She wore a floor-length baby blue gown with short sleeves, which gave off seriou...https://www.brides.com/story/princess-sofia-of-sweden-looked-straight-out-of-a-fairytale-at-prince-konstantin-of-bavarias-royal-wedding
Inside Prince Konstantin of Bavaria's wedding to Deniz KayaThursday, September 13, 2018
I do'. The latest in royal weddings is the union of Germany's Prince Konstantin of Bavaria and Deniz Kaya, who first met in London in 2012. The groom, who is the son of Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria, wed his bride, a Turkish interior designer, in a wedding set at St. Moritzs Eglise au Bois church in Switzerland. The bride wore a long-sleeved ivory lace dress and while the designer is currently unknown, it is already drawing comparisons to Meghan Markle's gown due to the bateau neckline.
The bride arrived at the church with her father, Metin Kaya, carrying a small bouquet of white flowers. She accessorised with a full-length veil and diamond earrings. She wore natural make-up and had her hair in an elegant low bun.
The guest list included members of high society and European royalty, including Prince Carl Philip of Sweden and his wife Princess Sofia of Sweden (above and below). Other guests included actress Mafalda Millies, Ludvig Andersson, the son of ABBA's Benny Andersson, and of course, the groom's royal brothers and sisters.