Press releases

Each year, some 60 of our experts are in the news. From toxic cyanobacteria to soil biodiversity and bird personalities. For press inquiries, please contact Froukje Rienks,  head of PR & Science Communication.

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  1. Earthworms winners of humid 2023 & Leeuwarden bags the title Soil Animal City of the Year

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    Spring has started in the Netherlands, and that means our soil life is very active again. How much do we know of the creatures living under our feet? That is where the citizen science project of the Soil Animal Days comes in. What did the results of 2023 show us? Earthworms like wet weather and managed to retain their position in the national soil animals Top 3: they were spotted in 87% of gardens. And in Leeuwarden, people searched for soil animals with such enthusiasm and a clear focus on the importance of soil animals that the Frisian capital may proudly call itself Soil Animal City of the Year.
    Infographic with 2023 results
  2. Early birds of the future: earlier, but still too late?

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    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
  3. Expedition to uncover invisible life in Galápagos

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    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
  4. Global comparison shows: soil transplantation boosts nature restoration

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    A new study comparing 46 field experiments in 17 countries across four continents shows that areas in need of nature restoration benefit from soil transplantation. The results were collected by an international team led by Jasper Wubs (NIOO-KNAW).
    Bodemtransplantatie in Nederland
  5. Fireworks have long-lasting effects on wild birds

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    An international team of scientists has examined the long-term effects of fireworks on wild birds.
    Fireworks in the sky
  6. ‘Insects need our help in a warming world, now’

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    ‘If no action is taken to better understand and reduce the impact of climate change on insects, we will drastically limit our chances of a sustainable future with healthy ecosystems.’ This warning in a very topical paper in Ecological Monographs comes from 70 scientists from 19 countries around the world. But, they also provide ways to help insects in a warming world complete with management strategies.
    One of the insect species impacted by climate change
  7. Getting to know your 'downstairs' neighbours

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    Between 23 September and 5 October, we're asking you to go on a safari in your own garden, do the survey, and spread the word to as many people as possible.
    Bodemdierendagen 2022
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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