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Restoring nature is not for the impatient: it takes a lot of time before the right plant species establish themselves. But experiments show there's a way to speed up the process, from decades to just a few years. A new website from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) tells you everything you need to know. Meanwhile, one of the researchers working on this pioneering approach defended his PhD thesis this week.
An oystercatcher nest is washed away in a storm surge. Australian passerine birds die during a heatwave. A late frost in their breeding area kills off a group of American cliff swallows. Small tragedies that may seem unrelated, but point to the underlying long-term impact of extreme climatic events. In the special June issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, NIOO researchers launch a new approach to these 'extreme' studies.
The breeding grounds of Arctic migratory birds such as the barnacle goose are changing rapidly due to accelerated warming in the polar regions. They won't be able to keep up with these climatic changes unless they can somehow anticipate them. A team of researchers from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) employed computer models to assess the prospects of the geese and their young. The results can be found in the scientific journal Global Change Biology.
Our night sky is heavily light-polluted which has a far-reaching impact on our ecosystem, changing daily and seasonal timing of a multitude of organisms we share our environment with. At the NIOO-KNAW, we team up with ecologists and chronobiologists all across the Netherlands to restore healthy rhythms for ourselves and in our natural environment.
Producing tailor made-fertilizer from steering cultivation conditions of photogranules
Flipping Lakes is a game in which you, as a player, take on the role of a catchment water manager. As the water manager you are tasked to prevent a recreation lake from “flipping” from a clear and biodiverse state to a turbid and algae rich state. During the game, your catchment slowly becomes polluted by a diverse range of sources, such as farmland or sewers, and the effects of those are worsened by societal or climatic scenarios. To counter the impact of pollution and to keep your lake clean, you need to implement measures and use the intrinsic properties of the catchment. It’s time to gear up.. The battle is on!
We study the selection and evolution of circadian clocks in wild birds via measurements of rhythms in the wild and in the laboratory
EpiDiverse was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network from 1 September 2017 - 28 February 2022. EpiDiverse aimed at the study of epigenetic variation in wild plant species. The network joined research groups from ecology, molecular (epi)genetics and bioinformatics to explore the genomic basis, molecular mechanisms and ecological significance of epigenetic variation in natural plant populations.
The cross-disciplinary research program applied epigenomic research tools to a selection of different wild plants (annual plants, asexually reproducing perennial plants, and long-lived trees) to investigate how epigenetic mechanisms contribute to natural variation, stress responses and long-term adaptation of plants. Understanding the epigenetic contribution to adaptive capacity will help to better understand species responses to global environmental change, and can open new directions for sustainable agriculture and crop breeding.
The EpiDiverse consortium trained 15 Early Stage Researchers to become expert plant epigeneticists, and equipped them with the interdisciplinary skills to successfully tackle this new research area. EpiDiverse training emphasized fluency in both empirical and informatics skills to become creative in working with big ‘omics data in natural contexts.
EpiDiverse is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme and involves 12 partners from academia, non-profit organizations and industry located in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy and Austria.