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The Centre for Soil Ecology (CSE) is a virtual cooperation between the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) and Wageningen University and Research centre (WUR).
CSE stimulates interactions between scientists of WUR and NIOO-KNAW to bring their soil ecological science to an even higher level, and promote research opportunities for young and talented researchers in soil ecology!
SoilProS will interpret big data on soil biodiversity, soil chemical and physical characteristics with respect to current and desired soil functions, and how to use this information in order to help farmers predicting which crop varieties, seed mixtures, (organic) fertilizers, soil inocula, and organic substrates enhance the environmental sustainability of their activities.
Nocturnal illumination leads to a permanent disturbance of natural habitats and there is accumulating evidence for – often negative – impact of artificial light in an increasing number of species. However, most studies are correlative and only include immediate or short-term effects of artificial light at the level of the individual while long-term consequences are still largely unknown.
Research in the Biere Group focuses on the ecology and evolution of interactions between plants and their communities of above- and belowground mutualists and antagonists, including mycorrhizae, pollinators, pathogens, insect herbivores and the herbivore’s natural enemies. We aim to understand how such interactions are disrupted or altered by changes in the environment, land use and species introductions, and what the consequences of such alterations are for the functioning, ecology, and evolution of the organisms involved. Such information can help us in the design of management practices in sustainable agriculture and predict how plants respond to environmental change.
A range of anthropogenic stresses are threatening biodiversity across large swathes of the biosphere, and these are having negative effects on the functioning of ecosystems and the communities that are embedded in them. However, at present, our understanding of the effects of various ecological stresses on species interactions in communities is quite rudimentary.
The research in the Veen Junior Group focuses on how soil communities drive fundamental ecosystem functions. Our research focusses on the role of specialized microorganisms in driving C and N cycling, their feedback to plant communities, the impact of global environmental change on soil processes and the feedback of biogeochemical cycling to atmospheric C concentrations. Our research will help us to improve sustainable agriculture and to understand and mitigate consequences of global environmental change.
We combine tools from genetics, genomics and ecological research to explore the capacity of plants to adapt to changing environments. One rersearch interest of our group is in ecological epigenetics: we aim to understand the role that epigenetic variation plays in plant adaptation. Other research interests include the ecology and genetics of biological invasions, and the evolutionary ecology of sexual versus asexual reproduction, plant urban evolution and the role of plant-microbiome interactions in local adaptation.
Our goal is to explore how viruses act as the gatekeepers of biodiversity: miniscule biological entities that influence microbial and plant biodiversity, hereby safeguarding ecosystem functioning. My research group characterizes viral diversity in agricultural and natural ecosystems, and we aim to explore how viruses impact ecosystem functioning.
In the Bodelier group we aim at connecting microbial identity to functioning in lab and field settings to elucidate the role of microbial diversity and traits in regulating important ecosystem processes like greenhouse gas emission from terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Interactions between Fungi and Bacteria