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NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the national oceanographic institution for the Netherlands. Our mission is to conduct fundamental and frontier applied scientific research on important processes in delta areas, coastal seas and open oceans. The institute also acts as the national facility for academic marine research in the Netherlands. NIOZ facilitates and supports marine research and education in the marine sciences in the Netherlands and in Europe.

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Dear visitor,

At this moment, our institute is in reorganisation and therefore we are developing an entirely new website. In the mean time, we will make provisional changes in the current website to allow our visitors to find the right information; e.g. our new (4) scientific departments and support departments and units. We apologize for the inconvenience. Should you be lost somewhere, please send an email with your question(s) to cpr@nioz.nl and we wil try to put you on the right track again. 
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30/10/2016 19:34

All Good Things Come from Above for Deep-Sea Coral Reefs

Deep-sea coral reefs grow in the oceans at great depths in the dark. They can be found around the peaks of limestone mounds rising from the seafloor up to hundreds of meters. The corals produce these limestone mounds themselves: they consist of dead corals. Scientists from NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and the Universities of Aarhus and Galway have demonstrated that .........

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19/10/2016 11:03

Gardening in the mud: Ragworms sprout cached seeds to get a more nutritious meal

Ragworms that live in the seabed of tidal flats and marshes are opportunistic feeders and known to eat practically anything. Nevertheless, it was a big surprise to researchers from the NIOZ, Deltares and the Japanese company TechnoSuruga Laboratory Co., Ltd. when they discovered that the worms also have a much more sophisticated method to acquire food: They cache seeds in their burrows and leave them to germinate before they eat them. Worms that grew on this ‘star diet’ of sprouts became 20% heavier than worms that were fed on their basic diet.

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11/10/2016 16:18

Differential recycling of coral and algal dissolved organic matter by coral reef sponges

Coral reefs are currently experiencing the largest global bleaching event on record, resulting in mass mortality of reef-building corals worldwide. Additional stressors, such as pollution and overfishing, are further damaging coral health...

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20/09/2016 10:32

Eva Kok wins poster prize at Wader Study Group Symposium

Paula the Pioneer: One tagged knot commutes from the Wadden Sea to its Canadian Arctic breeding ground and finally shows us the details of its migration route.

With this poster, Eva Kok has won the poster prize at the International Symposium of the Wader Study Group, that was held in Cork, Ireland last week.
Congratulations Eva!

Have a look at the poster