Action on biodiversity

Action on biodiversity
13 May 2019

One million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction, according to a new UN report. But if we redefine prosperity and reshape our growth-oriented economies, we can still turn the tide. Every member country has endorsed the report, which featured contributions from Wageningen University researchers including Esther Turnhout. “It’s…

Separating manure: saving the climate

Separate manure for the climate
3 May 2019

When excrement and urine from cows or pigs mix, a lot of methane gas and ammonia is produced. But if the urine and manure are separated, greenhouse gas emissions and ammonia formation can be reduced by up to 75%. Researchers at Wageningen University & Research are working together with farmers…

Robots lend farmers a hand

19 April 2019

Due to mechanisation, agricultural work has become more monotonous and difficult. Fewer and fewer people are prepared to put up with the poor working conditions. Wageningen researchers are developing robots that can do agricultural work, such as weeding, harvesting, and packing, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Thanks…

Nature makes honey bees resilient

Nature makes honeybees resilient
5 April 2019

The high mortality rate amongst European honey bees is principally caused by the varroa destructor. Ten years ago, Wageningen researchers started examining natural selection as a potential solution, so ultimately the most resilient bee colonies survived. “We wanted to allow nature to solve this itself and this occurred much faster…

Seeds for Africa

22 March 2019

Farmers in African countries lose up to 50 percent of their potential yield due to bad seed or even ‘fake seed’. Wageningen scientists are working with local farmers, research institutes, companies, NGOs and government to develop a stronger seed sector. In the context of ISSD Africa, they ensure more effective…

Anti-poaching technology

8 March 2019

Rhinos in Africa are killed for their valuable horns on a daily basis. Scientists from Wageningen University & Research are currently running tests in which they fit ungulates such as zebras and wildebeests with GPS transmitters. Restlessness and flight behaviour in these ungulates appears to warn for the presence of…

Digital nature conservation

1 March 2019

What will nature management and preservation, biodiversity conservation, and nature research look like in the future? Traditional working methods require a significant commitment from organisations and their employees, such as site managers, researchers, and volunteers. They can now expect excellent support from unexpected quarters, including innovative technology such as sensors,…

Behaviour essential in energy-efficient living

22 February 2019

After renovating their home, some people actually start using more energy. Researchers from Wageningen signalled that behaviour plays a big role and they now help local authorities, energy cooperatives, and housing cooperatives to provide customised solutions. This is achieved by both installing advanced heating systems and insulation as well as…

Who’s afraid of Brexit?

Who's afraid of Brexit?
8 February 2019

Around 10% of agrarian export products from the Netherlands goes to the UK. Now that Brexit is looming near, there’s a lot of uncertainty. Is the Netherlands going to lose the British market? Exports of pork have already fallen. Economists at Wageningen are studying the potential consequences of Brexit, so…

Emergency aid for refugees works

1 February 2019

Displaced persons in Congo are receiving basic emergency aid in the form of saucepans, soap and buckets. Development economist Maarten Voors is examining what this strategy is actually achieving. The emergency aid seems to be having a very positive effect on the resilience and mental health of displaced persons. They…