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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).

What on earth are viruses for?

Most people look at the new corona virus with disgust. Scientists talk with appreciation about the ingenuity of viruses. IBED Professor Viral Ecology Corina Brussaard explains in De Volkskrant why viruses are so important.

Volkskrant - 28 March

Climate change: Green energy plant threat to wilderness areas

Several media paid attention to a new study of IBED researcher James Allan and colleagues, in which they show that wind, solar and hydro power installations pose a growing threat to key conservation areas. 

BBC - 25 March - 25 March

Engineers Online - 25 March

Tech and Nature - 26 March

Bas van Geel and Annemarie Philip in Vroege Vogels about the Ice Ages

Vroege Vogels made a special episode about the Ice Ages. The presenter visited Bas van Geel and Annemarie Philip at IBED, to see how the plant remains in fossil molars of e.g. the giant deer can reveal how the landscape during the Ice Ages looked like.

Vroege Vogels - 20 March

Jef Huisman about dinoflagellates at De Correspondent

Online news platform 'De Correspondent' published an extensive article about dinoflagellates. IBED Professor Jef Huisman is one of the experts who talks about his fascination with these special unicellular creatures.

De Correspondent - 19 March

European Parliament takes action against pharmaceuticals in the environment

Pharmaceuticals that end up in the environment cause major problems. Through urine and faeces, the remains of pharmaceuticals end up in the water and thus into the environment. This Thursday, the environmental committee of the European Parliament called for action. Annemarie van Wezel, IBED professor environmental ecology, spoke on Reporter Radio (NPO Radio 1) about why pharmaceuticals are a threat for the environment.

NPO Radio 1 - 8 March

New vision on effective stream restoration

News website Groene Ruimte reported about the PhD research of Jan Brouwer, who defended his PhD thesis on 3 March. Jan studied 'pulsating patches', dynamic patches of organic material that are important for a high macrofauna diversity in streams. These 'pulsing patches' could be the missing link in sucessfull stream restoration.  

Groene Ruimte - 2 March

Rethinking 'tipping points' in ecosystems and beyond reports about a new publication of Prof. AndrĂ© de Roos and former IBED PhD candidate Catalina Chaparro-Pedraza on regime shifts, which shows how small environmental changes trigger slow evolutionary processes that eventually precipitate collapse. - 2 March

Colour vision in primates closely linked to palm fruit colours

Innovatiosn Report published a web article about the research on colour vision in primates of among others former IBED Postdoc Renske Onstein, Dr Daniel Kissling and Prof. Serge Wich. 

Innovations Report - 26 February

Cyanobacteria problems will worsen if carbon concentrations continue to rise

Several media highlight a warning of IBED scientists (Jason Ji, Dr Jolanda Verspagen, Prof. Jef Huisman) that problems with toxic cyanobacteria are likely to increase in the future. - 20 February

The Long Room - 20 February

Parool - 19 February

Leaked nitrogen report Mesday Zuivelfonds not based on research IBED

IBED director Annemarie van Wezel explained on RTV Oost that the results of the leaked report of the Mesdag Zuivelfonds on nitrogen emissions by farmers is not based on data collected by researchers of IBED, as was wrongly stated by different media. The research on nitrogen emissions at IBED is yet to begin and will take 3 years.

RTV Oost - 19 February

The Nitrogen Podcast

Prof. Franciska de Vries and Dr Albert Tietema are interviewed in the first episode of The Nitrogen Podcast, broadcasted by RTV Oost. Franciska explains what nitrogen is and how plants deal with nitrogen. Albert Tietema tells about the consequences of having too much nitrogen.

RTV Oost - 18 February

'Nitrogen reduction really needed to restore nature'

Prof. Earth Sciences Franciska de Vries, Dr Albert Tietema and Dr Annemieke Kooijman wrote a blog about the negative effects of nitrogen deposition on nature in the Netherlands together with 20 experts in the field, that was published on - 7 February

Europeans formed open landscape of New England

William Gosling responds in Bionieuws on a new publication in Nature Sustainability that describes that Native Americans had only limited impact on the landscape of New England and that the widespread openlands developed only after deforestation for European agriculture. 

Bionieuws - 1 February

Annemarie van Wezel answers questions about lead in drinking water

Hundreds of thousands Dutch people drink water from lead pipes. What does lead do with the human body, how does it end up there and how much lead is too much? Annemarie van Wezel answers these questions in newspaper NRC. 

NRC - 31 January

How do we remove psychopharmaca from surface water?

More than a million people in the Netherlands use psychopharmaca such as antidepressants and antipsychotics. A lesser known side effect of psychopharmaca: the pollution of the surface water. GGZ Totaal writes about the newly funded research of IBED Prof. Annemarie van Wezel and researchers of NIOO-KNAW and Wageningen University, to study possibilities to reduce emissions and effects of psychopharmaca.

GGZ Totaal - 29 January

Lead in drinking water

The use of lead pipes in househould causes increased levels of lead in drinking water. Annemarie van Wezel explains in Nieuwsuur about the risks of lead in drinking water for young childrend and pregnant women. 

Nieuwsuur (starting at 26:30) - 24 January

How PFAS paralyzed the construction and dredging sector

Prof. Annemarie van Wezel explains in Technisch Weekblad about 'regrettable substitutes' for PFAS and the risks of PFAS for drinking water quality. 

Technisch Weekblad - 14 January