Press releases

Each year, some 40 of our experts are in the news. From toxic cyanobacteria to soil biodiversity and bird personality. For press inquiries, please contact Froukje Rienks,  head of PR & Science Communication.

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  1. Predicting soil biodiversity to make food production more sustainable

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    Fields and meadows provide a range of key services, as long as the soil is healthy. A group of researchers and companies will study how farmlands can be returned to multifunctionality.
    Microscopie
  2. New children's book about soil animals for Dutch schools

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    Dutch primary schools receive a free copy this week of the soil animal-themed new children's book by popular author Janneke Schotveld.
    Omslag van Mevrouw Mol van Janneke Schotveld
  3. Climate change could make cyanobacteria more toxic

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    Climate change could result in more toxic cyanobacteria. But what determines their toxicity? Dedmer van de Waal has won a major European grant to find out.
    Blauwalgenbloei
  4. New lectureship on 'climate-robust' landscapes connects nature and agriculture

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    A new research group set up by NIOO and HAS University of Applied Sciences is asking how alternative forms of agriculture can improve water quality and biodiversity.
    Ellen Weerman
  5. High time to open up ecological research

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    29/07/2020 An international team of ecologists found that only a quarter of the scientific papers in their field publicly shares computer code for analyses.
    Computer code
  6. Nationwide approach to boosting knowledge of biodiversity in the Netherlands

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    10/07/2020 To boost knowledge about biodiversity in the Netherlands, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, NIOO-KNAW, NIOZ-NWO and Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute have joined forces.
    Biodiversiteit in Nederland
  7. It takes more than two to tango: Microbial communities influence sex and reproduction in animals

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    The reproductive tracts of males and females contain whole communities of micro-organisms. These microbes can have considerable impact on (animal) fertility and reproduction, as shown by Melissah Rowe from the NIOO-KNAW.
    Illustratie van zaadcel met microben
  8. Researchers united on international road map to insect recovery

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    It’s no secret that many insects are struggling worldwide. But we could fix these insects’ problems, according to more than 70 scientists from 21 countries. Their road map to insect conservation and recovery is published in Nature Ecology & Evolution this week. From urgent ‘no-regret’ solutions to long-term global comparisons.
    Foto's van verschillende soorten insecten in een collage
  9. Gardens can be havens for soil animals in towns and cities

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    Nearly 1000 'citizen scientists' sent in their observations this year on Soil Animal Days 2019. And a surprisingly high number of people tried to do something in return for the vital services these soil creatures provide for us.
    Top 3 Soil Animals in Dutch Gardens 2019
  10. Live-in bacteria protect plants against infections

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    Micro-organisms living inside plant roots team up to boost the plant’s growth and tolerance to stress. This research is featured this week in the scientific journal Science.
    Zaailingen van suikerbieten, links goed groeiend door micro-organismen, rechts minder goed groeiend zonder micro-organismen
  11. Welcome to nature's future on NIOO's grand Open Day

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    This Saturday, 5 October 2019, everyone will be welcome to look around our unique building and grounds on the Open Day of NIOO-KNAW.
    Gebouw van NIOO-KNAW met banner Open Dag 5 oktober
  12. Majority of the world's most abundant creatures live in the far north

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    The first worldwide analysis of soil nematodes reveals that they are most abundant in arctic areas rather than in the tropics.
    Onderzoeker neemt een bodemmonster in Antarctica