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.


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. 

News                                                                                          News archive

24/08/2016 10:50

Seagrass restoration threatened by fungi

ZeegrasDutch biologists have discovered that seagrass seed is killed by waterborne fungi that are related to the well-known potato blight. These fungi, which have not previously been found in seawater, hinder seed germination and thus prevent the restoration of seagrass. The biologists, including Laura Govers of Radboud University, published their results on August 24 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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23/08/2016 12:42

Mussels Speed Up Saltmarsh Recovery after Long Droughts

Mosselen tussen slijkgrasMussels are well-known and important inhabitants of the deeper tidal flats and channels in the Dutch coastal waters. In the US, mussels prefer to live higher up among the plants. Research now shows that they play an important role there: they ensure that the mudflats along the coast that are grown over with plants are better capable of resisting long periods of drought. This was reported by an international team of scientists, including scientists from NIOZ and Radboud University, writing in Nature Communications.

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03/08/2016 11:53

New Science Advisory Committee

NIOZ Science Advisory CommitteeAs of 1/9/2016, the Science Advisory Committee consists of the following scientists:

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20/07/2016 14:00

Red Knot flies from Canadian breeding grounds to Wadden Sea in one go

kanoet Paula in handenOn Friday morning, 'Paula', a red knot mounted with a very small satellite transmitter, landed on de Boschplaat on the island of Terschelling, The Netherlands. She did so after leaving the most northerly breeding grounds on Earth in a non-stop flight covering 4000 km from northernmost Canada. 'This bird confirmed many existing assumptions about migration in red knots', according to PhD student Eva Kok from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ).

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