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Results: 21 - 40 of 393
  • Cultural override affects tool use in chimpanzees
    25 May 2020
    ‘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 ...
  • Island biodiversity best conserved in inaccessible landscapes
    12 May 2020
    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 ...
  • Large scale scientific infrastructure grant for national marine research
    1 May 2020
    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 ...
  • Over 18 million euros to identify the full breadth of biodiversity in the Netherlands
    30 Apr 2020
    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’ ...
  • A new approach to the restoration of ecosystem complexity
    21 Apr 2020
    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 ...
  • Root microbiome can make crops more resistant to drought
    16 Apr 2020
    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 ...
  • Downsizing of animal communities severely affects tropical ecosystems
    2 Apr 2020
    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 ...
  • Start fieldwork ‘sustainable cauliflower’ project
    2 Apr 2020
    A new research project will study how non-inversion tillage contributes to a healthy soil and the nutritional value of cauliflower. IBED researchers Elly Morriën and Erik Cammeraat went into the field this week to ...
  • 26 types of microplastics and rubbers detected in Dutch rivers
    25 Mar 2020
    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 ...
  • Renewable energy facilities threaten many important biodiversity areas
    25 Mar 2020
    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, ...
  • Designing resilient organic greenhouse production systems for Europe
    5 Mar 2020
    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 ...
  • Colour vision in primates closely linked to palm fruit colours
    26 Feb 2020
    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 ...
  • Problems with cyanobacteria will worsen if CO2 concentrations continue to rise
    20 Feb 2020
    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 ...
  • Marie Curie Fellowships awarded to thirteen UvA researchers
    13 Feb 2020
    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 ...
  • Salmon, shutterstock
    Ecological changes with minor effect lead to delayed evolutionary regime shifts
    10 Feb 2020
    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 ...
  • Funding to reduce effects psychopharmaca on water cycle
    27 Jan 2020
    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 ...
  • Prof. Annemarie van Wezel
    Professor Annemarie van Wezel delivered her inaugural lecture
    7 Jan 2020
    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 ...
  • Blue whale, taken with a camera drone. This individual is 23 metres long, photographed in May 2018 at Terceira Island, the Azores
    How did baleen whales become our planet’s giants?
    12 Dec 2019
    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 ...
  • Article on sponge symbiosis published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B
    9 Dec 2019
    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 ...
  • Professor Linda Amaral-Zettler delivered her inaugural lecture
    5 Dec 2019
    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 ...