Understanding river flow

Understanding river flow
2 February 2018

A river naturally winds its way through the landscape. Here it nips a piece out of the riverbank, there it carves a new channel, and further on it shifts the sandbank or deposits sediment on the banks as it makes its way. This is how the flow affects the river’s…

Not all birds start singing earlier due to climate change

Not all birds start singing earlier due to climate change
26 January 2018

Changes to the weather and the climate affect nature. Rising temperatures mean spring is starting earlier and autumn is starting later. Not all plants and animals respond to these changes in the same way. For example, the first drumming by the great spotted woodpecker is now heard three weeks earlier…

Offshore wind farms and protection of nature

Offshore wind farms and protection of nature
12 January 2018

Wind energy is an indispensable element in the efforts to meet climate objectives. In Western Europe, there are plans to construct a great many wind turbines in the North Sea. As no one lives here, nobody will be inconvenienced by the noise from the turbines or the resulting change in…

Ecotourism in Botswana

Ecotourism in Botswana
5 January 2018

The northern part of Botswana largely consists of national parks and forest reserves. The Chobe national park and Savuti nature reserve, the Okavango Delta, the Zambezi river and Victoria Waterfalls are located fairly closely together and are popular destinations for people who want to go on safari in Africa. Researchers…

Healthy through the correct dietary fibre

Healthy through the correct dietary fibre
22 December 2017

Dietary fibre contributes to good health. This is why it is important to eat enough foods that are high in fibre. Most people know this, but did you know that different types of fibre have their own health benefits? What is dietary fibre? Dietary fibre (or just “fibre”) can be…

The how and why of landscape considerations

Landscape approach: The how and why of landscape considerations
1 December 2017

With the ever-increasing claims on land, the importance of ‘poldering’ has also been growing. This is a Dutch concept that means that people solve issues in a certain area through compromises and cooperation. The term originated in the Middle Ages, when farmers, nobles, townspeople and other citizens had to work…

Preventing avian influenza

Preventing avian influenza
24 November 2017

Each spring and autumn, there are mild outbreaks of bird flu (avian influenza, AI) on poultry farms in the Netherlands. This is especially true of free-range farms, where animals have access to outdoor areas. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is studying how to prevent chickens and other poultry from becoming…

Restoring biodiversity

Restoring biodiversity
10 November 2017

The number of insects is decreasing, farmland birds are having a tough time, soil life is diminishing and plant species are becoming extinct. In the last years it has become painfully clear that biodiversity in the rural areas of the Netherlands has come under pressure. The Living Planet Report Natuur…

Wageningen University & Research Spotlight

Spotlight
26 October 2017

Wageningen University & Research considers dialogue with society to be an essential aspect of its role as a knowledge institution. This platform serves as a meeting place with our staff members. The news item that Wageningen University & Research publishes weekly on the front page of the Saturday edition of…