Two prestigious VIDI fellowships awarded to IBED scientists

20 May 2014

Isabel Smallegange and Merijn Kant, both researchers at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Dynamics (IBED), have been awarded a prestigious VIDI fellowship within the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (VI) of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for developing their innovative research programme during the next five years.

Isabel Smallegange

Dr Isabel Smallegange has been awarded a prestigious VIDI grant from ALW (NWO) to investigate how animal populations respond to environmental change. Over the next five years she will develop and test a model that will incorporate both the ecological and evolutionary response of populations to changes in their environment. Biologists will be able to use this model to accurately predict the consequences of (anthropogenic) environmental change for the natural world.

Merijn Kant

Dr Merijn Kant acquired a VIDI grant via STW (NWO) to initiate a new research group during the next 5 years for conducting research on the interaction between tomato plants and common mite pests. He discovered that several notorious pest species are capable of suppressing the natural resistances of crop plants. By means of this VIDI grant he aims to elucidate how mites achieve such host plant manipulation and, in collaboration with several plant breeding companies, to design breeding strategies for obtaining plants with defences that cannot be suppressed.

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