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rose

Rose Reveals Its Secrets

Breeders are constantly looking to develop rose varieties that meet consumer requirements while also being resistant to diseases. The latter is also important when...
renewable resources

Sustainable Clothing Made from Fungi

“The textile industry is only second to oil when it comes to generating pollution”, notes Kim Poldner, assistant professor and research associate of Management...
giant trees

A Growing Climate Niche for Giant Trees

Rainforests are among the most charismatic as well as the most endangered ecosystems of the world. Strangely, they occur in tropical but also temperate...
malaria

Children with Malaria Emit Specific Odour That Attracts More Malaria Mosquitoes

Malaria parasites in the body of children with malaria enhance the production of some specific smells that are emitted through the skin. These smells...
Disease Resistance

DNA Region in Chickens Identified for Disease Resistance

One region in the DNA explains a large difference in possible disease resistance between chickens. This was discovered by researchers of Wageningen University &...
measuring devices

World’s Smallest Sensor Measures Growth Force of Plants, Animals and Humans

How do you visualise the extremely small forces connected to processes in our body, such as embryonic growth and development? Researchers at Wageningen experimented...
energy system

Testing the Energy Systems of the Future

The renewable energy sector is expanding, with a constantly increasing number of wind and solar energy providers. This growth results in the use of...
potato

Disruptive Potato Breeder Solynta Secures Strong Backing

Solynta will use this financing round to continue its potato breeding activities and to build a strong commercial organization that can address the billion...
cavendish

World-First Panama Disease-Resistant Cavendish Bananas

In the world’s first field trial with genetically modified banana plants conducted in heavily TR4-infested soil, one Cavendish line transformed with a gene taken...
bird flu

Bird Flu in 2016 Spread by Wild Migratory Birds

The H5N8 bird flu virus was identified in the Netherlands in November 2016. A large number of dead wild birds were found and the...
weeding

Intra-row Weeding Possible with Vision Systems

When growing organic vegetables on the field, one of the main tasks in the field is weeding. The weeding represents a major part of...
mosquitovideo

A Mosquito’s Secret Weapon: A Light Touch and Strong Wings

Scientists have found the key to mosquitoes’ stealth takeoffs: They barely push off when making a fast getaway, but instead rely on strong and...
Urinary Tract Infection

Ecosystem Approach Makes Urinary Tract Infection More Treatable

The biological term ‘ecosystem’ is not usually associated with urinary tract infections, but this should change according to Wageningen scientists. Many people suffer from urinary...
parasitic wasp

Ovipositor of Parasitic Wasp Could Be a Model for Steerable Needles...

Female parasitic wasps lay their eggs in the larvae of other insects that are often hidden in plants, trees or under the ground. To...
plantsvideo

How Plants Flourish Thanks to Adaptations to Their Environment

Plant species vary in appearance and in terms of heredity, but there is also a huge variation within one and the same species. In...
potato farming

Precision Application of Nitrogen in Potato Farming Using Drones

The ‘Toward precision agriculture 2.0’ research programme has included a group of potato farmers carrying out test runs with sensor observations by drones. The...
exotic species

Ballast Water Treatment Useful to Reduce Introduction of New Exotic Species

Ballast water treatment helps to prevent new introductions of non-native species, thus reducing the risk of ecological and economic damage. Research by Wageningen Marine...
soilvideo

‘Standards Are Desperately Needed for Plastic and Pesticide Contamination in Soil’

Plastic covers are used in agriculture, such as asparagus cultivation, to prevent moisture loss and weed growth and to retain solar energy in spring....
mosquito bite

Zika and Chikungunya Virus in a Single Mosquito Bite

Since 2015 there has been a major outbreak of Zika virus and chikungunya virus in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Both the...
omega-3

Algae: Our Original Omega-3 Source

PUFAs are poly unsaturated fatty acids or omega-3 fatty acids. These PUFAs, in particular DHA and EPA, play an important role in our health....