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. Live-in bacteria protect plants against infections

    Press release
    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
  2. Welcome to nature's future on NIOO's grand Open Day

    Press release
    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
  3. Majority of the world's most abundant creatures live in the far north

    Press release
    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
  4. Not all lakes are alike: spatial differences key to successful restoration

    Press release
    Degradation of lakes is a worldwide problem, with symptoms including toxic algae blooms. Restoration is possible, but takes a lot of time and effort. To determine what approach is most effective, spatial differences between lakes must be considered.
    Verschillende meren
  5. Concern over 'red tide' in Dutch coastal waters

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    Climate change could lead to an increased occurrence of harmful algal blooms in Dutch coastal waters in the future. NIOO-researchers Karen Brandenburg and Dedmer van de Waal have been studying the dense blooms formed by tiny organisms known as dinoflagellates.
    In een bootje op de Ouwerkerkse kreek
  6. Caterpillars retrieve 'voicemail' by eating soil

    Press release
    Leaf-feeding caterpillars greatly enrich their intestinal flora by eating soil. It's even possible to trace the legacy effects of plants that previously grew in that soil through bacteria and fungi in the caterpillars.
    Kooluil op boerenkool
  7. Soil Animal Days 2018: Woodlice back on top, slugs deterred by drought

    Press release
    The 4th edition of the Dutch Soil Animal Days saw 856 'citizen scientists' comb through more than 200 gardens and parks to find some 7500 soil creatures.
    Naaktslak op een weg
  8. "Rewilding landscapes can help to solve more than one problem"

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    Urbanisation, biodiversity loss, climate change: just some of the worldwide problems 'rewilding' - i.e. restoring food chains by returning 'missing' species to the landscape - can help tackle
    Een kudde wisenten in de Kennemerduinen
  9. Root chemistry of range-expanding plants may predict invasiveness risk

    Press release
    Most plants that expand their range within their own continent - e.g. under pressure from climate change - won't end up dominating other species. According to NIOO-researcher Rutger Wilschut, possible invasiveness may be predicted by root chemistry not found in native plants.
  10. Triple 'excellent' score for Dutch ecology

    Press release
    An independent committee of international researchers has given the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) top marks in all three categories of its assessment.
    Groep mensen loopt rond bij NIOO-KNAW gebouw
  11. Backswimmer most counted water animal during Dutch Ditch Days

    Press release
    This past weekend, thousands of people took part in the first nationwide 'citizen science' ditch survey in the Netherlands. The most counted water animals was the backswimmer (a.k.a. water boatsmen).
  12. Kees van Oers appointed professor of Animal Personality

    Press release
    Wageningen University & Research has appointed Kees van Oers as professor by special appointment of Animal Personality.
    Prof. dr. Kees van Oers