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May 2018


ABC grant to study social learning

An interdisciplinary team of UvA scientists received an ABC project grant from the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition centre to study the causes and consequences of social learning. One of the researchers involved is Martijn Egas, assistant professor Evolutionary Population Biology at the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). Read more.

October 2017

Open day

Open day Amsterdam Science Park

The annual open day of Amsterdam Science park was held Saturday 7th of October. PhD candidates and Postdocs of the Population Biology group organized a stand titled “Fantastic Mites and how to control them”. the stand was a great success and attracted many visitors of all ages. Read more.

New paper by the DynaMite group

The student projects of Rianne Fernandes and Jasper Croll are now published in Oikos: Population consequences of individual heterogeneity in life histories: overcompensation in response to harvesting of alternative reproductive tactics. Read more.

New bacterial symbionts paper

A new paper was published on bacterial symbionts in the International Journal of Molecular ​Sciences: Independent Effects of a Herbivore’s Bacterial Symbionts on Its Performance and Induced Plant Defences. Read more


September 2017

Ke Gao

Greetings from… Gaolifang, China

UvA scientists can be found everywhere: from the lab at Roeterseiland to the North Pole and from Jordan to the United States. Or, like Ke Gao, in Gaolifang, China. Ke Gao is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the UvA. His research focuses on finding sustainable solutions to control pest insects. What does a typical working day/night look like? And what is the most special thing he experienced while doing research abroad? Read more.

August 2017

Spider Mite

Hibernating mites show their true colors

Molecular-genetic research at the department of Evolutionary and Population Biology of the University of Amsterdam and Ghent University revealed that the two-spotted spider mite used a group of genes from fungi in order to produce particular pigments it needs to overwinter. These results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and are important for understanding why this destructive crop pest is worldwide so successful. Read more.