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Results: 1 - 20 of 372
  • 25 May 2020
    Cultural override affects tool use in chimpanzees

    ‘Cultural override’ is a phenomenon typical of humans in which we seek out resources based on cultural preference regardless of availability. Sometimes this can be a constraint on behavior, when readily-available ...

  • 12 May 2020
    Island biodiversity best conserved in inaccessible landscapes

    Islands contribute enormously to global biodiversity, but are threatened by human activities. To understand why some islands have been more impacted since first human settlement than others, a new study compared ...

  • 1 May 2020
    Large scale scientific infrastructure grant for national marine research

    A large national consortium of marine scientists and oceanographers, including the University of Amsterdam, has received a major grant for the necessary replacement of the national marine research facilities. Both ...

  • 30 Apr 2020
    Over 18 million euros to identify the full breadth of biodiversity in the Netherlands

    An organized overview of all multicellular flora and fauna in the Netherlands and the infrastructure to identify them semi-automatically. This is what the ARISE megaproject wants to achieve in five to ten years’ ...

  • 21 Apr 2020
    A new approach to the restoration of ecosystem complexity

    How can we best protect the Earth's biodiversity and ecosystems? Long-term ecosystem restoration strategies should be looking more closely at the complexity of ecosystems, including species interactions and ...

  • 16 Apr 2020
    Root microbiome can make crops more resistant to drought

    In the new issue of Science, an international team of biologists, led by Franciska de Vries of the University of Amsterdam, urges the scientific community to spend more time researching the interaction of food crops ...

  • 2 Apr 2020
    Downsizing of animal communities severely affects tropical ecosystems

    Even a small loss of large-bodied animal species in tropical forests can have severe consequences for ecosystems. This is the conclusion from a simulation study using several empirical interaction networks of plants ...

  • 25 Mar 2020
    26 types of microplastics and rubbers detected in Dutch rivers

    Researchers from Utrecht University, Wageningen University and the University of Amsterdam have analysed microplastics and rubbers in Dutch rivers the Dommel, the Maas and Dutch sewage treatment plants in a precise ...

  • 25 Mar 2020
    Renewable energy facilities threaten many important biodiversity areas

    New research has revealed that thousands of renewable energy facilities are located within globally important biodiversity areas - degrading habitats and threatening species. The international research team, ...

  • 5 Mar 2020
    Designing resilient organic greenhouse production systems for Europe

    During the last decade, there has been a strong discussion about the principles of organic farming, driven primarily by the differences in organic production systems in Europe. Some systems are highly intensified and ...

  • 26 Feb 2020
    Colour vision in primates closely linked to palm fruit colours

    The evolution of colour vision might be closely linked to the availability of food. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), found that ...

  • 20 Feb 2020
    Problems with cyanobacteria will worsen if CO2 concentrations continue to rise

    Scientists from the University of Amsterdam are warning that problems with toxic cyanobacteria are likely to increase in the future. In an article in the journal Science Advances, they show that a common ...

  • 13 Feb 2020
    Marie Curie Fellowships awarded to thirteen UvA researchers

    Thirteen talented UvA researchers have been awarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships to conduct their research. The fellowships are personal grants, which range from around €175,000 to €280,000 euros for ...

  • 10 Feb 2020
    Ecological changes with minor effect lead to delayed evolutionary regime shifts

    Small changes in the environmental conditions of biological communities that have only minor immediate effects, may, after a substantial delay, cause dramatic shifts in these communities by triggering evolutionary ...

  • 27 Jan 2020
    Funding to reduce effects psychopharmaca on water cycle

    Over a million people in the Netherlands use psychopharmaca, like anti-depressants and anti-psychotics. After use residues enter surface waters via the sewage, where they are known to affect aquatic organisms. A ...

  • 7 Jan 2020
    Professor Annemarie van Wezel delivered her inaugural lecture

    On Thursday 12 December 2019 Professor Annemarie van Wezel, Scientific Director of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) and named Professor of Environmental Ecology, delivered her inaugural ...

  • 12 Dec 2019
    How did baleen whales become our planet’s giants?

    Blue whales are the largest animals ever to have lived on our planet. But why did blue whales and their close relatives, the baleen whales, evolve to be so huge while other animals did not? An international ...

  • 9 Dec 2019
    Article on sponge symbiosis published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B

    Did you know that one of the most abundant marine food sources is invisible, like sugar dissolved in a cup of tea? However, not many organisms can efficiently feed on dissolved organic matter (DOM). Sponges and ...

  • 5 Dec 2019
    Professor Linda Amaral-Zettler delivered her inaugural lecture

    On Friday 29 November Professor Linda Amaral-Zettler, named Professor by Special Appointment of Marine Microbiology, delivered her inaugural lecture "Trouble on the High Seas: From Microplastics to Macroalgae". This ...

  • 21 Nov 2019
    Honorary UvA doctorate for sustainability expert Johan Rockström

    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is bestowing an honorary doctorate on the Swedish earth scientist and sustainability expert Johan Rockström. Rockström will receive the honorary doctorate for his pioneering ...