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Results: 41 - 60 of 193
  • 27 Mar 2018
    Differences in DNA modifications are sufficient for hybrid vigour

    It was thought for a long time that hybrid vigour - the phenomenon that the offspring of two different parents perform better for a given trait than the parents - is only the result of genetic differences between ...

  • 13 Mar 2018
    New leads to understanding plant immunity

    Plant immune systems, like those of humans and animals, face a difficult balancing act: they must mount responses against ever-evolving pathogens, but they must not overdo it. An international group of plant ...

  • 23 Feb 2018
    New antibiotic in Thai herbal medicine

    An international team of microbiologists, including Michaela Wenzel and Leendert Hamoen, discovered that the plant chemical rhodomyrtone offers potential for a new antibiotic. Rhodomyrtone is used in Thai herbal ...

  • 6 Feb 2018
    Biologist discusses use of p-value

    Biologist Joachim Goedhart of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences questions the habitual use of P-values in science. Goedhart has written a ‘Correspondence’ on this subject that appeared in Nature, entitled ...

  • 24 Jan 2018
    Helmut Kessels, professor of Cellular and Computational Neuroscience

    Dr. H.W.H.G. Kessels (1972) has been appointed professor of Cellular and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Science.

  • 23 Jan 2018
    NWO Rubicon grant for Yanfang Feng

    Dr Yanfang Feng, former PhD student at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, has recieved an NWO Rubicon grant. Feng will utilise the grant for her two-year research at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts ...

  • 17 Jan 2018
    Proteins analysed in the Bacillus cereus spore coat

    Spores of Bacillus cereus pose a threat to food safety due to their high resistance to the heat or acid treatments commonly used to make food microbiologically safe. Researchers from 3 SILS groups joined forces to ...

  • 22 Dec 2017
    Effects of salt on root growth

    Plant cell biologists from the University of Amsterdam have studied the changes induced in plant roots when exposed to high salt concentrations. The researchers measured different root traits and developed an app ...

  • 5 Dec 2017
    IBED, Amsterdam Green Campus and municipality of Amsterdam sign collaboration agreement

    The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Amsterdam Green Campus and the municipality of Amsterdam signed a collaboration agreement. The agreement confirms the shared intention to develop new knowledge ...

  • 1 Dec 2017
    Kowalski Prize 2017 for publication on modeling covariance

    UvA bioinformatics Age Smilde and Huub Hoefsloot together with other colleagues have received the Kowalski Prize 2017 for a publication describing a new method for modeling covariance. The prize was awarded in the ...

  • 20 Oct 2017
    Microbes common denominator in efficient solar energy conversion

    How do you converse solar energy into fuel and other chemical compounds on an industrial scale? In a quantitative analysis of the most promising strategies, UvA biologists identified microbes as the key to efficient ...

  • 12 Oct 2017
    Is 'biological water' the same as plain tap water?

    Everyone knows that plants and animals consist mostly of water. Does this water behave the same as normal tap water? To find out, researchers from the University of Amsterdam and the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer ...

  • 4 Oct 2017
    New method to determinate precise gene dosage

    A team of researchers lead by systems biologist Matteo Barberis (SILS, UvA) has envisioned an innovative method that allows the quantification of gene copy numbers in mammalian cells. Their findings have been ...

  • 19 Sep 2017
    NWO funding for interdisciplinary 'Origins of Life' research

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) bestowed a funding of 2.5 million euros upon the interdisciplinary research proposal 'Origin of Life'. This research proposal addresses questions in the ...

  • 12 Sep 2017
    UvA spin-off Macrobian Biotech secures seed investment

    The University of Amsterdam (UvA)’s Faculty of Science, UvA Ventures Holding B.V. and Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA-UvA) are pooling their resources to fund Macrobian Biotech BV, a single asset biotech company ...

  • 11 Sep 2017
    Funding for high tech potato cultivation

    A programme for potato cultivation, in which the group of UvA-SILS researcher Timo Breit participates, has been awarded a funding of 1.5 million euros by OPZuid and the Province Zeeland. The funding is meant for the ...

  • 30 Aug 2017
    KWF Grant for Renée van Amerongen

    Cell biologist Renée van Amerongen of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences has been awarded a €500,000 grant from KWF Kankerbestrijding. Van Amerongen will use this grant to expand her research efforts on ...

  • 22 Aug 2017
    Grant for research in heat resistance of bacterial spores

    Stanley Brul, Erik Manders and Chris de Koster (Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences) have been awarded an NWO-ALW Open Competition grant. Their work focusses on the molecular physiology of the minimal survival ...

  • 17 Aug 2017
    Predicting transcriptional enhancers in the maize genome

    An international team of moleculair biologists and bio-informatics scientists succeeded in the genome wide identification of transcriptional enhancers in the maize genome. With this study, an important step is taken ...

  • 8 Aug 2017
    Succulents to improve air quality

    This summer, succulents planted on the roof of an Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) building, the Benno Premselahuis, are going to filter out particulate matter in the polluted Wibautstraat. The 50 ...