NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

The NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research 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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12/10/2015 09:15

Electrical microbes protect coastal areas from toxic nightmare

When coastal areas suffer from oxygen depletion, sulfide is released from the seafloor, a chemical compound that is highly toxic for marine life. Luckily, this scenario is not often observed, but it was unclear why. Researchers from the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research, Utrecht University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel have now discovered that electricity-generating bacteria act as a kind of firewall and prevent sulfide from escaping the sediment. This discovery is important in helping designing strategies of how coastal ecosystems can cope with future climate change.


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11/09/2015 13:25

Marine viruses decrease fish production in the future Northeast Atlantic Ocean

Marine viruses kill algae and bacteria in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean with a rate that rivals or even exceeds that of animal plankton grazers. In doing so, they divert the flow of carbon away from the higher trophic levels such as fish, which reduces the net production of the ecosystem. They also decrease the uptake capacity of the ocean for carbon dioxide; an important greenhouse gas. These are some of the main conclusions in the PhD thesis by Kristina Moijca, who worked at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. She will defend her thesis at the University of Amsterdam on Wednesday 16 September.

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09/09/2015 16:02

MaCuMBA Newsletter no. 12 looks back at the Texel Summer School

MaCuMBA organised a two-week Summer School on ‘Sampling, Isolation & Cultivation of Marine Microorganisms’ which
was held at Royal NIOZ on the island of Texel from 12-24 July 2015.  MaCuMBA coordinator professor Lucas Stal tells about its success.

04/09/2015 09:44

Invitation mini-symposium 15 September, Kristina Mojica PhD thesis

There will be a mini-symposium at NIOZ on Texel on the 15th of September, organized on the occasion of Kristina Mojica’s PhD defense on the 16th.

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