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polar oceans

A Diet with Ice: How Does the Food Web Underneath the...

Floating ice covers large parts of the oceans in the north- and south pole areas. To better understand the food webs and ecosystems of...
Pesticide residues

Pesticide Residues Present in More Than 80% of European Agricultural Soils

Soil contamination by pesticide residues has become an issue of increasing concern in the last few decades. Researchers from Wageningen University & Research tested...
Flexible Robotics

Flexible Robotics for Food Production

Robots that automatically harvest tomatoes or package biscuits in boxes of various sizes are now becoming a reality: Wageningen University & Research will be...
infrared technology

Measuring the Vitality of Muscles with an Innovative Infrared Technology

How do we keep muscles healthy and vital as long as possible? And what changes do muscles go through as we grow older? Bart...
Medical diagnoses

New Techniques Allow Medicine to See the Whole Again

Medical diagnoses mostly focuses on resolving isolated issues. But, fixing one problem may create others and even invoke an overall health collapse. Scientists now...
El Niño weather

Amazon Absorbed Less Carbon During the El NiñO Weather Event

The Amazon rain forest absorbed less carbon during the 2015/2016 El Niño. This is apparent from a special issue of Philosophical Transactions of the...
rice productionvideo

WUR Helps Design Uniquely Productive Complex Rice System in Indonesia

A joint project by Wageningen University and Research (the Netherlands) and Brawijaya University (Indonesia) has resulted in cultivation methods which outperform all other forms...
Genome Editing

Genome Editing – Impact on Livestock Breeding Schemes

Researchers at Wageningen University and Research Animal Breeding and Genomics show that genome editing can be used in breeding schemes to speed up the...
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...