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IBED in the media

IBED researchers frequently appear in the media to present their research and its applications to a wider audience to strengthen the link between Science and Society. Here you can find an overview of IBED research that appeared in magazines/newspapers or was broadcasted on radio/TV (mainly in Dutch).

Is the quality of our drinking water in danger?

Increasing contamination, sea level rise and drought may effect the future quality of Dutch drinking water. Annemarie van Wezel, professor Environmental Ecology and director of IBED, answers questions about this in Het Parool. 

Het Parool - 12 september

Pim de Voogt in NOS news about drugs dumping

On 11 September Emeritus Professor Pim de Voogt commented in NOS news broadcasts about drugs dumping.

NOS - 11 september

PFAS-chemicals found in drinking water sources

PFAS-chemicals like PFOS and GenX have been found in drinking water sources. Annemarie van Wezel, professor Environmental Ecology, comments on this.

de Stentor - 8 September

IBED researchers about paleoecology and the fires in the Amazon

Assistant Professor Crystal McMichael and Postdoctoral Researcher Yoshi Maezumi are featured in a National Geographic article about the fires in the Amazon, and the importance of paleoecology in understanding those fires.

The research done by IBED in this field is also mentioned in an article on Atlas Obscura.

National Geographic - 5 September

Atlas Obscura - 28 August

Looking for food in the forest

Karline Janmaat was interviewed live on radio NPO 1 Bureau Buitenland about her study on primate and human behaviour in the rain forest. 

NPO Radio 1 Bureau Buitenland - 20 August

World Mosquito Day

On World Mosquito Day, Parool called with IBED special chair Piet Verdonschot to ask him everything about mosquitos. 

Parool - 20 August

The Stump That Didn't Die 

Reserchers from New Zealand studied a kauri tree stump in a New Zealand forest that still contains living tissue as it is connected to one or more of the kauri trees around it, probably via its roots.Franciska de Vries responds to this exciting research news on the website of Forestry South Africa. 

Forestry South Africa - 13 August

Residents of prehistoric China ate 'cattail'

A nice snack of cattail? The 'cattail', often found along the water and in swamps, was on the menu of residents of prehistoric China seven to eight thousand years ago. Folia published an interview about a new study by by IBED researcher Bas van Geel. 

Folia - 9 August

'We investigated where Peruvians could best keep their lamas'

Boris Jansen, associate professor at IBED, was in the Peruvian mountains for a week and a half with students from the MSc programme Earth Sciences. He talked to Folia about the field course that he supervised there.

Folia - 7 August

In the forest you really see what navigation is like

IBED researcher Karline Janmaat investigated the sense of direction of wild chimpanzees and the BaYaka people in Congo. "Far too often cognition is examined in a laboratory." NRC wrote a background article about two of her recent publications. 

NRC - 2 August

Are fewer children the solution to climate change?

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan want a maximum of two children to minimize their impact on climate change. Their statement provokes a lot of discussion, but do they have a point? Marc Davidson argues that they do, as having a child has a huge effect on green house gas emissions. 

AD - 1 August

Small animals are essential for a good climate

Professor aquatic microbial ecology Jef Huisman explains in Het Parool that micro-organisms play a crucial role in both the production and capute of green house gasses.  The algae in the sea absorb CO2, but there are also plenty of microbes that produce greenhouse gases. Bacteria in a cow's stomach produce for instance methane.

Het Parool - 27 July

Greetings from Haaksbergen

For many scientists, the summer is the ideal time to do fieldwork. Folia spoke to IBED PhD candidate Dominique Narain-Ford. This summer she takes samples of groundwater, soil water, soil and plants in Haaksbergen.

Folia - 23 July

Evolution goes much faster than we thought

Is evolution a process that we can predict based on general principles? IBED researchers Meike Wortel and Ken Kraaijeveld study microscopic worms to get a better grip on the (un)predictability of evolution. NEMO Kennislink published an interview with both researchers and asked them whether we can predict evolution and what kind of information is needed for that.

NEMO Kennislink - 15 July

Plants under drought stress change their microbes through their roots

Several online media reported about a new publication of IBED Professor Earth Surface Science Franciska de Vries in the New Phytologist, on how plants under drought stress can promote the activity of micro-organisms  with the probable effect of releasing more nutrients and promoting their own growth. 

SeedQuest - 15 July

Phys.org - 12 July

AgriHolland - 12 July

Jef Huisman at BNR Radio

Aquatic microbiologist Jef Huisman (IBED) talks with BNR Radio about problems caused by algae on beaches and other places. The interview starts a few seconds after the start of the broadcast in the link.

BNR Radio - 9 July

Katja Peijnenburg in De Toren about the deep sea

Marine biologist Katja Peijnenburg is one of the experts in the fourth episode of television programme De Toren about the the deep sea. Ninety-nine percent of the world's habitat consists of water. Therefore we must call our earth Planet water, according to plankton researcher Katja Peijnenburg. 

De Toren NPO2 - 7 July

What are cyanobacteria and what can we do about it?

A fresh dip in the water can have nasty consequences: irritations to the eyes or skin, stomach and intestinal complaints and sometimes even serious health problems. These are all consequences if you come into contact with cyanobacteria (a.k.a. blue-green algae). How does this bacterium end up in our bathing water every year? KRO-NCRV spoke to Jef Huisman, IBED professor of Aquatic Microbiology. 

Pointer KRO-NCRV - 5 July

This is where creative criminals dump their drug waste

Thomas ter Laak recorded a video in collaboration with the Universiteit van Nederland about drug waste dumpings. The video was published on the website of AD, and the website of het Parool as part of an extensive article on drug issues with Minister Grapperhaus.

Universiteit van Nederland - 12 July

Het Parool - 29 June

AD - 22 June

Advantages and disadvantages of suppressing plant defense

To gain more insight into the evolution of herbivorous attack strategies, it is necessary to understand their pros and cons within the context of the environment in which they are applied. Bram Knegt, who successfully defended his thesis on Wednesday 26 June, describes the advantages and disadvantages of a recently discovered attack strategy, namely the suppression of plant defense, for the spider mite Tetranychus evansi.

AgriHolland - 26 June

Experts warn: Leaving microbes out of climate change conversation has major consequences

An international group of leading microbiologists, including UvA professor Jef Huisman, have issued a warning that climate change will have a major impact on microorganisms with cascading effects on ecosystems, agriculture and human health. The research was highlighted on the website of Mondiaal Nieuws. 

Mondiaal Nieuws - 24 June

Water quality

We have been fighting against it for centuries, but how is the quality of our surface water now and how can it be improved? IBED PhD candidate Milo de Baat was interviewed by on Radio Swammerdam about his research into improving water quality measurement. How do we test the quality of surface water? And what political and social motives are behind this? 

Radio Swammerdam - 23 June

Bury, cremate or digest with fungi

There are already sustainable coffins, as well as natural urns. Now there is also a 'mushroom suit' that ensures that your body decays durably. IBED director Annemarie van Wezel comments in NRC whether harmful substances from the body can in this way end up in the environment.

The Big Bird Show

Last week Judy Shamoun Baranes was one of the guests in the Big Bird Show in De Balie, organised by de Volkskrant. In this talkshow Judy explained about her research on gull flight behavior. The show (in Dutch) can be viewed via the belowstanding link (starting at 1:01).

NRC - 20 June

de Balie - 17 June

The (almost) insoluble problem of drug waste

Drug production is still a huge problem for many municipalities. Thomas van der Laak shows in a movie on 'NOS op 3' how he is able to trace drug waste via the sewage. 

NOS op 3 - 15 June

What causes coral to be so full of life?

Coral reefs are full of life while surrounded by nutrient-poor water. An international research team thinks it has solved Darwin's paradox. IBED researcher Jasper de Goeij comments on the study in de Volkskrant. 

de Volkskrant - 14 June

The gull at the fish stall comes from far

IBED researcher Judy Shamoun-Baranes was interviewed by the Volkskrant about the individual behavior of (European herring) gulls. 

De Volkskrant - 10 June

Where does the coral reef get its biological wealth from?

Ecologist Jasper de Goeij reacts in Trouw to new research into the food chains of coral reefs.

Trouw - 9 June

30 years beavers

This year it is exactly 30 years ago that the beaver returned to the Netherlands. Bart Nolet, special chair at IBED and researcher at NIOO, followed the beavers in the Biesbosch after their release. He joins the film crew of Vroege Vogels while spotting beavers in nature reserve the Biesbosch. 

Vroege Vogels - 6 June

How often does the bream pass the 'Oranjesluizen'?

Newspapers Parool and De Brug joined UvA students and IBED researcher Rob Kroes while tagging fish at the Oranjesluizen (Orange locks). In this way they study fish migration between Lake Markermeer and the North Sea Canal. 

Het Parool - 2 June

De Brug - 29 May

Drug waste is on average dumped once a week in the sewer of Eindhoven

Criminals discharge drug waste partly through the sewer to get rid of it invisibly. KWR/IBED researcher Thomas ter Laak explains more about the research that has been done in the regio of Eindhoven. 

Trouw - 29 May

De Kennis van Nu - 29 May

NPO Radio 1 - 27 May

Hay fever

Bas van Geel was one of the guests in the radio show of Radio Swammerdam about hay fever. He explains what type of information can be retrieved from pollen of million years old. 

Radio Swammerdam - 26 May

Bonobo mothers help their sons to find a partner

Serge Wich, special chair Conservation of the Great Apes at IBED, comments in the popular scientific magazine KIJK on research that shows how Bonobo mothers actively intervene to ensure that their sons become fathers.

KIJK - 21 May

Annemarie van Wezel in Trouw about filtering tapwater at home

A team of experts, including Annemarie van Wezel, professor Environmental Ecology and director of IBED, comments on the use of the Oeauo-waterfilter in Trouw. 

Trouw - 21 May

Fragile water

Annemarie van Wezel explains in de Volkskrant about the vulnerability of water to years of pollution and responds to the claim that one drop of oil can make a drinking water source unusable for a hundred years.

Volkskrant - 26 April

Enter the Anthropocene: we are now living in Earth’s Plastic Age

IBED special chair Prof. Linda Amaral-Zettler studies marine plastic. She explains in The Telegraph about the impact of our plastic waste on the planet. 

The Telegraph - 17 April

Annemarie van Wezel in C2W about circular chemistry

IBED Scientific Director Annemarie van Wezel responds on the chemistry and life science platform C2W  to a recent article by HIMS researcher Chris Slootweg, in which he formulates 12 principles for circular chemistry.

C2W - 11 April

Joséphine studies plants in the greenhouses of Science Park

Every two weeks an employee, student, director, teacher or professor talks with Folia about his or her workplace. This week: Joséphine Blaazer (26), PhD candidate at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics. She studies how we can make plants resistant to mites.

Folia - 26 March

Why would an animal trade one body for another?

Most species undergo metamorphosis, but scientists aren’t sure why the process evolved. Hanna ten Brink, who did her PhD at IBED and works together with IBED professor André de Roos, explains a new theory in The New York Times: metamorphosis gives animals greater access to food.

The New York Times - 25 March

Katja Peijnenburg in Eureka

How do scientists come to that one insight that determines the course of their entire career? This is the main question addressed in the weekly Eureka section in newspaper AD, and published on the website of the New Scientist. This week: evolutionary biologist Katja Peijnenburg who works both Naturalis Biodiveristy Center and IBED. 

New Scientist - 23 March

Folia on board of the RV Dreissena

In February, Folia joined one of the weekly fieldwork trips to the Markermeer on board of the IBED research vessel Dreissena. During this trip they spoke with Harm van der Geest, Arie Vonk and Titus Rombouts. On their website you can read the full story and watch a video showing the measurements that are done on board of the RV Dreissena. 

Folia - 19 March

Drugs in waste water Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven

Thomas ter Laak appeared in several media to tell more about the analyses of waste water in the cities Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven. Again, these analyses show that the use of cocaine and MDMA has increased. 

NPO Radio 1 - 16 March

AD - 14 March

Research shows importance flower strips for agriculture

What role play flower-rich field margins in agriculture? And do these flower strips enhance biodiversity? These were some of the central questions of a two-year collaborative research programme that involved farmers, agronomists, conservationists and IBED researcher Paul van Rijn that was published on Nature Today.

Nature Today - 15 March

Minor genetic change creates unattractive female moths

Phys.org and AgriHolland report about a new study by a group of IBED researchers on a minor gentic change that can create unattractive female moths. 

Phys.org - 14 March

AgriHolland - 14 March

What does Bolkestein read?

Peter Roessingh published a letter in NRC to comment on an article on about climate change, in which Frits Bolkestein stated that he never read a convincing story about climate change.  

NRC - 13 March 2019

Cultural diversity of chimpanzees

Serge Wich, professor by special appointment of Conservation of the Great Apes, is asked by KIJK to comment on a recent study in Science on the human impact on chimpanzee behavioral diversity. Wich emphasizes that it is important to preserve the cultural diversity of chimpanzees. 

KIJK - 8 March

Modern technology to trap poachers

De Volkskrant writes about the use of modern technology in trapping poachers. Professor Serge Wich, professor by special appointment of Conservation of the Great Apes, gives comments. He himself uses drones for his research on Great Apes. 

Volkskrant - 1 March

GPS-Tagged Seabirds Track the Tides

Computational ecologist Prof. Willem Bouten responds in The Scientist on a study that links bird movement to tidal currents. He argues that that seabirds could provide a wealth of additional information on ocean currents for oceanographers. 

The Scientist - 1 March

Chimpanzees prefer certain foods. Is this also culture?

Folia and Haarlems Dagblad report about the Chimpanzee research in the difficult-to-access areas of Eastern Congo poses, that involved IBED researcher Peter Roessingh. 

Haarlems Dagblad - 15 March

Folia - 27 February

Marc Davidson about climate policy

Environmental philosopher Marc Davidson is interviewed by Folia and Metro about climate policy, and tells whether a moral revolution is needed to combat climate change. And what are the similarities between climate change, emancipation and abolition of slavery? 

Metro - 8 March

Folia - 21 February

More violations for pesticide use

Misuse of pesticides can pose risks to the environment and health, but in practice the rules for pesticide use are poorly observed. Annemarie van Wezel, professor Environmental Ecology, explains on NPO Radio 1 about the consequences. 

NPO Radio 1 - 10 February

Are oceans changing color?

Climate change could change microbial life in the oceans in such a way that the color of water will change. IBED professor Jef Huisman explains in science and techonlogy magazine KIJK about the mechanisms behind this potential effect of changing climate conditions. 

KIJK - 6 February

William Gosling about the brexit: 'We can end up anywhere'

On 29 March ends the British membership of the European Union. Folia asked British UvA employees, among whom IBED researcher William Gosling, how they experience the Brexit and how this will impact science.

Folia - 5 February

The arrow worm now also fits in the family tree

For a long time arrow worms were elusive for evolutionary biologists. A article, co-authored by Katja Peijnenburg, now describes the genetic basis of the arrow worms and is highlighted by NRC.

NRC - 21 January

Criminals dump drug production waste in sewage

Chemical drug waste is often dumped in the sewage, as it is effective and relatively invisible. Thomas ter Laak, researcher at KWR and associate professor at IBED, explains in newspaper de Gelderlander what the consequences are for the environment.

De Gelderlander - 18 januari

Annemarie van Wezel in Trouw about microplastics

Can special laundry machine filters prevent micro plastics to end up in the environment? Annemarie van Wezel, professor Environmental Ecology and director of IBED, comments on this technology in Trouw. 

Trouw - 15 January