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Descurainia bourgaeana van Tenerife, vulkaan Teide

Plants collected more than a century ago are still important to science. Naturalis researchers are using these to construct a family tree of plant life...


Continue reading 22 January 2022   5 dgn oud
A salp caught by multiple polyps of the branched coral Madracis aurentenra

A student at the University of Amsterdam and a staff researcher of Naturalis Biodiversity Center and University of Groningen recently published the first detailed report of hard corals digesting salps in the Caribbean. Three..


Continue reading 07 December 2021   1 maand oud
De Thaise bosschorpioen, Heterometrus spinifer, is in de studie gebruikt om de vernieuwde methode op te testen.

An international team of scientists has found an innovative, animal-friendly way of studying venom genes. The technique makes it possible to determine the unique venom production of a wide range of venomous animals...


Continue reading 20 November 2021   2 mnd oud

During a study on velvet ants, nine new species have been described. Specimens from the collection of Naturalis Biodiversity Center were used in this study. As a token of appreciation, the scientists have named one of those newly..


Continue reading 13 November 2021   2 mnd oud
oude tekening lead

The beetle on the image above is a European stag beetle and the fruit at the bottom left is a fig - but which species of fish is that? This drawing is one in a series of several hundred drawings made and collected between 1596 and..


Continue reading 23 October 2021   3 mnd oud
Stoep plantjes

Slowly, urban planners are realizing the importance of plants, micro-organisms and animals in the city soil. In the Netherlands, the city of Amsterdam is leading the way. Their new book BiodiverCITY shows that they mean business...


Continue reading 16 October 2021   3 mnd oud
Paardenbloempluis

Researchers from Naturalis would like to know whether plants quickly adapt to rapidly changing environments, such as urbanization. They use the dandelion as a model for this. Their aim is to find answers to questions such as: is..


Continue reading 11 September 2021   4 mnd oud
De afbeelding toont een laat-Pleistoceen landschap met wolharige mammoeten, paardachtigen, een wolharige neushoorn en Europese holenleeuwen met een rendierkarkas.

The current Arctic region is a desolate place with sparse scrubs, barely enough to support roaming reindeer. Yet 50,000 years ago, in the Pleistocene, that picture was completely different: large herds of woolly mammoths and..


Continue reading 04 September 2021   4 mnd oud
Freshwater Watch

Earthwatch Europe is delighted to announce the roll-out of its FreshWater Watch programme to the Netherlands, thanks to support from Naturalis Biodiversity Center. FreshWater Watch is a global programme in which individuals and..


Continue reading 14 August 2021   5 mnd oud
Lady beetle (Cycloneda sanguinea)

Last December, a beetle catalogue for the Dutch Caribbean was published. This voluminous paper provides the first critical review of the beetle species reported for the islands. Only about a fifth of the species which are likely..


Continue reading 04 August 2021   5 mnd oud

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