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wind island

The Urban “Wind Island Effect”

Cities have complex microclimates that can vary from street to street. In order to maintain quality of life in cities, it is important that...
biodiversity

Importance of Biodiversity for Farmers Larger Than Expected

In conventional farming, most attention goes out to the quality of the planting material, soil quality, fertilisation, weed control and similar aspects. Surprisingly little...
potato late blight

Computer Models Provide New Insights for Sustainable Control of Potato Late...

Wageningen University & Research uses computer models to develop sustainable management strategies in the control of potato late blight, caused by Phytophthora infestans. Francine...
Cyanobacteria

Rainfall After Drought Causes Explosion of Cyanobacteria Populations

The first rains after a long period of drought this summer washed so much fertiliser into the surface water, including the swimming water, that...
Architecture of Plants

Groundwork for Playing with the Architecture of Plants

Growing tomatoes at the same height so that they can be easily picked by a harvesting robot. Growing deeper roots where the soil is...
Mealworms

UV Exposure Makes Mealworms a Rich Source of Vitamin D

Edible insects are known as a good source of animal protein and several other nutrients, amongst which several minerals and vitamins. Until recently vitamin...
Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle Digging Its Own Watery Grave Due to Invasion...

Seagrass species from the Red Sea is outcompeting the native seagrass species in the Caribbean, where the green sea turtle lives. These iconic turtles...
Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WUR Is Making Use of Smart Solutions to Limit Greenhouse Gas...

Wageningen University & Research is developing a comprehensive research programme with the aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land use in...
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...