Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

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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.

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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.
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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 divers 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

[24.07.2018] A team of experts of the Ilia State University (Tbilisi,Georgia), the University of Bonn und the ZFMK analyses the variety of life in forests, that are less influenced by human beeings than in Germany. The work is done during a BioBlitz in Kintrishi (Georgia). Aim ist he better protection of species, that are threatened by the use of forests.
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[03.01.2018] The “Leibniz in Africa” initiative of the Leibniz Association is a gateway for researchers at Leibniz Institutes and at African research institutions who wish to deepen existing collaborations or initiate new ones. Contributions by ZFMK can be found on pages 28 and 31 of the brochure.
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[12.07.2017] Spectrum: Snake Special - Python, Viper, Anaconda & CoA visit of the Drachenwelt Reptile Park in the Rhine Valley and a talk to the "snake man" Dennis Rödder at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig - Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity. Some topics are: why do we need the collections? How is climate change affecting the snakes? And what about a meeting with a 54 yeras old python.
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