The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Research Museum

ZFMK, as Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity, is an independent research institute.

The focal point of research is performing an inventory of the zoological species diversity on earth, the analysis of changes in biodiversity as a result of environmental factors and through evolutionary processes at the morphological and molecular level.

We furthermore explore  the context of structure and function of ecological systems, advanced scientific methods and the study of the history of science.

Publications

Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring
Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring
Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring

Projects

Comparative Insect Genomics
Comparative Insect Genomics
Comparative Insect Genomics

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INVAXEN
Invasion Biology of Xenopus
The INVAXEN project investigates the African Clawed Frogs' ecology, physiology, invasive potential and dispersal patterns in South Africa, Belgium, France and Portugal.
HPC Cluster
High-Performance Computing
Next generation sequencing techniques are generating unprecedented amounts of data which challenge concepts of data analyses and storage.
1KITE
Evolution of the insects
1000 Insect Transcriptome Evolution: This international research project covers the evolutionary history of insects in historically unprecedented extent.
GBoL
German Barcode of Life
GBoL aims at covering the biodiversity of all German animals, fungi and plants based on their genetic DNA barcodes, providing the data for applications.
Heart of the museum
Our collections
Outstanding scientific collections are the basis of Museum Koenig's scientific research.

The Centre of Taxonomy and Evolutionary Research (ZTE) consists of ten custodies, from arachnids to mammals. It also hosts the scientific collections.
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Scientists of the Centre for Molecular Biodiversity Research (ZMB) work on diverse aspects of molecular biodiversity research, bioinformatics, and curate the biobank.
Learn more about ZMB

The Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring (zbm) in Central Europe is under construction at the Koenig Research Museum. Scientific monitoring of species diversity and habitats should prevent a large proportion of local fauna from dying out unnoticed in Germany in the future.
Continue to the ZBM

Research News

[25.01.2021] As part of the EU Horizon 2020 research project DIVERSify, researchers have been working on investigating the viability of species mixture cropping as an alternative to crop monoculture.During the project, we have created a video web series which explores the practical and theoretical considerations of mixed cropping and the ecosystem services that they can provide.
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[12.11.2020] A cooperation between Cameroonian and German researchers was started recently that aims at improving our knowledge concerning the status and the ecology of the Buffon’s kob antelope (Kobus kob kob, Erxleben 1777). A first outcome of the cooperation is this study now published conducted in Faro National Park, in Northern Cameroon. Located to the West of the Bénoué Complex, is very rich in biodiversity. It is considered a key site for the Cameroon’s protected area network. The results are remarkable: the population size decreased dramatically by 80%.
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[06.11.2020] More plant diversity, less pesticidesSpecies-rich plant communities help to naturally reduce herbivore impacts.Leipzig/Jena/Minnesota/Bonn. Increasing plant diversity enhances the natural control of insect herbivory in grasslands. Species-rich plant communities support natural predators and simultaneously provide less valuable food for herbivores. This was found by a team of researchers led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), who conducted two analogous experiments in Germany and the USA.
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