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In a changing environment, species change as well. During the last decades, human influence has intensified environmental changes, making adaptation even more crucial. Ecologists at NIOO are interested in rapid adaptation of species, both through (micro)evolution and via behavioural plasticity. For this has implications for the success of species, and for biodiversity.
The 6th conference of the Netherlands Society for Evolutionary Biology (NLSEB) will take place on the 22nd (PhD/postdoc meeting) and 23rd (main meeting) of April 2024.
Hetzelfde DNA maar toch anders. Hoe kan dat? (The same DNA yet different. How is that possible?) is the title of a new book on epigenetics, to be launched in Leiden on 21 December.
On 28 October, Bernice Sepers (Animal Ecology) will defend her thesis on 'Behavioural epigenetics: insights into the role of heritable and induced DNA methylation variation in avian personality' at Wageningen UR.
NIOO has a vigorous and long-standing commitment to societal impact. Not only is NIOO housed in a sustainable building designed to translate our ecological principles in terms of architecture and construction, we also have a number of units that are tailor-made for disseminating our ecological knowledge to specific target groups, we have a very active outreach policy, and we actively involve citizens in our research through large-scale citizen-science projects.
Epigenetics is a fast-growing field of research all over the world. Ecological epigenetics has now been further advanced thanks to the development of a new research technique. ‘This technique is cheaper and faster and enables research that was previously impossible to conduct.’ The time has come to look at how important epigenetic changes really are for dealing with climate change, plagues and other stress-factors. The research team led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is publishing its technique in the scientific journal Nature Methods.