Staying ahead of viruses

3 April 2020

Diseases that can be passed from animals to humans are able to spread more rapidly due to globalisation and urbanisation. Therefore, early detection can save lives. Wageningen virologists are collaborating with veterinarians to detect potential pathogens in wildlife and livestock as early as possible. Researchers unravel the genetic makeup of…

Solidarity in times of corona

27 March 2020

Fear of the coronavirus may drive people to exclude others, call for extreme measures or refuse to face reality. Corona affects not only individuals, but fear also undermines the whole of society. This is why we must solve the crisis as a community, Wageningen philosophers state. In addition to balanced…

Faster plant growth through more efficient photosynthesis

6 March 2020

As a result of climate change, the amount of arable land is shrinking, while the world population is on the rise. This is why Wageningen researchers are studying ways to reduce the required soil area of crops. They have discovered that some plants make better use of light for their…

Seaweed as a sustainable food source

Seaweed as a healthy food source
21 February 2020

More food is needed to feed the increasing world population. But the availability of arable land and water is decreasing. This is why Wageningen and Indonesian scientists and businesses, research the possibilities of cultivating seaweed. Cultivating seaweed requires only sunlight, while it purifies water, and is a sustainable crop. Furthermore,…

Circular solutions for refugee camps

7 February 2020

Refugees often seek shelter in areas already struggling to cope with poverty and scarcity of water and food. Wageningen researchers, companies and organisations collaborate to find circular solutions to improve the living conditions of refugees and the host population. In Uganda, for instance, where trees are felled for cooking fires….

Hydrogen: sustainable energy storage and clean fuel for farmers

31 January 2020

Many farmers make use of solar panels or windmills to generate energy. However, the local network is not always able to process this energy. Furthermore, while energy is most needed in the winter, it’s primarily produced in the summer months. Wageningen researchers are now studying ways for farmers to store…

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Emission-Free Greenhouse KAS2030
24 January 2020

The Dutch horticultural sector aims to be climate-neutral in 2040. Thus, Wageningen researchers have built a low-emission demo-greenhouse for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit and flowers in an effort to find ways to reduce CO2 emissions as well as the use of crop protection agents and artificial fertilisers to zero….

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Vertical farming: growing vegetables in the city
10 January 2020

Urbanization is increasing worldwide. To supply the growing populations in cities with fresh vegetables, Wageningen horticultural specialists are conducting research into vertical farming. With this technique, crops are grown indoors year-round with the help of LED light and in layers on top of each other. Land and water use decline…

Coexisting with nature

3 January 2020

Wild animals are at risk in many places throughout the world. Their habitats are shrinking due to expanding human habitation, agriculture, mining, and industrialisation. Wageningen Scientists are conducting field research into solutions how humans and animals can live better with each other. They conclude that we can conserve nature to…

The Netherlands in 2120

20 December 2019

Our country faces major challenges such as loss of natural areas, urbanisation, dry summers and flooding due to climate change. With all this in mind, Wageningen researchers have been examining the role that nature might play in renewable energy, town planning, agriculture and flood risk management. They have drawn up…