Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, NIOZ, is the national oceanographic institution for the Netherlands. Our mission is to gain and communicate scientific knowledge on seas and oceans for the understanding and sustainability of our planet. To this end, NIOZ facilitates and supports fundamental as well as applied marine research and education in the Netherlands and Europe.

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23/05/2014 11:23

NIOZ ‘Cold Coral’ Special Volume in Deep Sea Research II

In April 2012, NIOZ successfully organised the 5th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals (ISDSC5). Now, the proceedings of this conference have been published in a special volume of  Deep Sea Research II, entitled 'Biology and Geology of Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems: Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals'.

Picture: MARUM-Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen.

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22/05/2014 15:22

Brochure 'Developing Earth Science for Europe'

The initiative 'Developing Earth Science Europe' has just delivered its first brochure. This brochure aims to provide a high-level vision for ESE aimed at policy makers, funders, industry and public.

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12/05/2014 14:44

Meteorite impact caused global darkness and cold

Concrete evidence for impact winter 66 million years ago

Palaeoclimatologists at Utrecht University, the VU University Amsterdam and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) have found the first concrete evidence for global cooling caused by a meteorite impact some 66 million years ago. Their findings were published on 12 May 2014 in the leading Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.

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09/05/2014 12:25

How Archaea make their unique lipid membranes

The lipids of the membranes of Archaea have a unique structure, which permits them to survive under extreme circumstances. Laura Villanueva and colleagues from the Department of Marine Organic Biogeochemistry at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research propose an entirely new pathway for the synthesis of these highly special ‘GDGT’ lipids containing ether bonds instead of the usual ester bonds found in the cell membrane lipids of Bacteria, plants and animals. Their findings have now been published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Reviews Microbiology.

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