Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research


Monday 23 January 2023
Bacteria really eat plastic
The bacterium Rhodococcus ruber eats and actually digests plastic. This has been shown in laboratory experiments by PhD student Maaike Goudriaan at Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). Based on a model study with plastic in artificial…
Friday 20 January 2023
Patchwork pattern makes ecosystems as strong as steel
What makes ecosystems resilient to climate change? A solid spatial structure. Researchers discovered a type of pattern forming in ecosystems that closely resembles the patchwork pattern that forms at very small scales in alloys such as steel. Such…
Friday 13 January 2023
Garnalenvisserij mogelijk toch schadelijk voor beschermde natuur
Vijf vragen en antwoorden over de visserij in Natura-2000-gebieden en de rol van de wetenschap hierbij:
Wednesday 11 January 2023
Sunlight pulps the plastic soup
UV light from the sun slowly breaks down plastics on the ocean’s surfaces. Floating microplastic is broken down into ever smaller, invisible nanoplastic particles that spread across the entire water column, but also to compounds that can then be…
Thursday 22 December 2022
NIOZ Christmas closure 2022
Wishing you happy holidays and a regenerative New Year! NIOZ will be closed from Friday 23 December 4 p.m. until Monday 2 January 8 a.m.
Monday 19 December 2022
Linking fossil climate proxies to living bacteria helps climate predictions
Microbes have skins that react to the environment, much in the same way that our skin sweats when it is hot , or shivers when it is cold outside. Fossilized microbial skins can give us a glimpse of how the climate was in the deep geological past. By…
Friday 16 December 2022
Construction of innovative research vessel RV Anna Weber-van Bosse
On 16 December 2022, the contract for the construction of the new Dutch ocean-going research vessel, the RV Anna Weber-van Bosse, was signed on Texel. After years of preparations, construction can now begin on this innovative, sustainable and unique…
Monday 28 November 2022
NWO grant for research project to understand Sargassum inundations in the Caribbean
Climate change or Natural Range Expansion? As of 2011, the Caribbean Sea regularly suffers from washed-up masses of seaweed, called Sargassum, that rot if left to accumulate on beaches and in harbors. As part of an international call, a Dutch-led…
Friday 25 November 2022
Minimizing light pollution in the Wadden Sea
More than 20 parties have signed a 'dark sky' declaration for the entire Wadden Sea. Dutch local authorities around the Wadden Sea have previously agreed to reduce or stop excessive light use. This is because light pollution affects birds and other…
Wednesday 23 November 2022
RV Anna Weber-van Bosse to be built by Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon
Earlier this week, the 20-day objection period expired for rejected shipyards to object to the preliminary award for the construction of oceangoing research vessel RV Anna Weber-van Bosse, the successor to the RV Pelagia. Therefore, it can now be…