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  • Caterpillars retrieve 'voicemail' by eating soil Mar 19, 2019

    Leaf-feeding caterpillars greatly enrich their intestinal flora by eating soil. It's even possible to trace the legacy effects of plants that previously grew in that soil through bacteria and fungi in the caterpillars. Researchers of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) have published these findings in the journal Nature Communications, 19 March 2019. They are of interest not just to scientists, but also to plant growers and farmers.

  • Evaluation Committee says institutes system at Academy and NWO has significant added value Feb 22, 2019

    At the behest of the Academy and NWO, an independent committee has evaluated the portfolio of the two organisations’ institutes. The Committee concludes that these national research institutes increase the effectiveness of Dutch scientific endeavour. On 21 February, the directors of the Academy and the NWO presented the report, with their response to it, to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science.

  • Academy response to Plan S Feb 05, 2019

    The Academy has responded to Plan S for speeding up the transition to open access.

  • Tweaking of hormone producing cells in the intestine Jan 31, 2019

    Researchers from the group of Hans Clevers at the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) in the Netherlands and their collaborators shed new light on the origin and function of hormone producing cells in the intestine and open new avenues to tweak gut hormone production to treat human disease. 

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