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  1. Costs of scaring grass-eating barnacle geese often outweigh the benefits

    At the current population sizes, the practice of scaring geese off pastures in the province of Friesland probably ends up costing more than it saves. Ecologist Monique de Jager and colleagues from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Utrecht University, Wageningen University & Research and the University of Amsterdam conclude this based on a model study, that was conducted as part of the Dutch contribution to European goose management. The results suggest that scaring geese is cost-effective only when there are few geese in the area.
  2. The Centre for Soil Ecology goes national

    Today, on World Soil Day, it is the perfect moment to present the new National Centre for Soil Ecology. All soil ecologists working in the Netherlands can now connect to the initiative that originally started in Wageningen.
    Scientists involved in the new National Centre for Soil ecology together
  3. Wim van der Putten and Jos Raaijmakers named 'Highly Cited Researcher' for sixth year running

    Clarivate Analytics has published its annual list of highly cited researchers. NIOO-researchers Jos Raaijmakers and Wim van der Putten are included for the sixth year running.
    Clarivate 2022
  4. The Galápagos Microbiome Project: voyage of discovery to an invisible world

    How unique and diverse is the invisible life of the Galápagos Islands? That is the key question to which a team of international researchers, led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), is seeking answers. This year, they went on an expedition to the iconic islands to study the microbial life there. Insights from their research can contribute to the conservation of indigenous plant species and, in particular, Scalesia: the giant daisy.
    Galapagos Microbiome Project - sampling the microbiome of endemic Scalesia plants
  5. Bewick’s swans choose wintering areas based on the weather

    Bewick’s swans fly less far during their autumn migration when the weather is warm. Climate change has therefore led to a shift in their common wintering areas. Now, for the first time, bird researchers have been able to use long-term GPS data to pinpoint the specific choices that individual swans make.
    Kleine zwanen
  6. Great tits don't inherit ability to think on their feet

    How important is cognitive flexibility for the ability of great tits to adapt to climate change? Krista van den Heuvel did her PhD research at NIOO on this question.
    Krista van den Heuvel bij nestkast
  7. Early birds of the future: earlier, but still too late?

    Press release
    How much earlier can great tits lay their eggs to keep up with climate change? A team from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) took a sneak peek into the birds’ future.
    Koolmezen passen zich aan
  8. Consortium investigates nature-inclusive use of floating solar panels

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded more than 2.8 million euros to a consortium led by NIOO's Sven Teurlincx that will investigate the use of floating solar panels. It aims to establish the technological, ecological and social conditions for floating solar energy to have a sustainable future - for people as well as nature, in different landscapes.
    Sven Teurlincx op drijvend zonne-eiland Markerplas
  9. Follow-up funding for microbial fight against parasitic weed in Africa

    Can micro-organisms in the soil help the fight against parasitic weeds in Africa? That question launched Promise six years ago. After promising initial results, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has now awarded follow-up funding to the project.
  10. Beneath your feet, soil microbes are getting fat

    Microbes, like humans, can eat 'junk food' and grow fat. This even happens when you might not expect it, according to NIOO researcher Kyle Mason-Jones
    Microbes under your feet grow fat
  11. Jos Raaijmakers elected member of the KNAW

    NIOO's head of Microbial Ecology Jos Raaijmakers has been elected a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
    Jos Raaijmakers
  12. Expedition to uncover invisible life in Galápagos

    Press release
    An international research team led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is to search for invisible life in the Galápagos Islands.
    Scalesia forest