Items with tag "ecology"

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Polluted air can generate power

Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven have succeeded in developing a process that purifies air and, at the same time, generates power. The device must only be exposed to light i…

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How Europe responds to the demise of the fire salamander

A killer fungus threatens European salamanders with extinction and there are currently very few options to prevent this from happening, scientists have warned. Time for Europe to take action. In a…

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Solving the C-mystery

The carbon cycle is one of the most important geochemical processes for life on earth, since it has a huge impact on climate and carbon is the central molecule of countless biological compounds. S…

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Algae: the new gold?

Algae production is a technology with great potential and could mean a solution to many environmental problems, but a real breakthrough still has to happen. "More research is needed to make the pr…

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Promising geothermal energy source in Belgium

"Deep geothermal energy can help Belgium to achieve the climate goals without significant additional costs," reports VITO. The drill test for 'deep geothermal energy’ in the Dessel region exceeds …

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Algae from urine to grow tomatoes in space

Tomatoes grown on algae have more flavor than conventionally grown tomatoes. Ghent University developed this as a new way to recycle fertilizers, an international first. As much as 86 percent …

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Insights

Cycling for Science

Cycling for Science

Researchers from Ghent University have been able to map the effects of climate change thanks to images of the Tour of Flanders. By studying 36 years of footage of the popular cycling race, the res…

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1 billion lifeforms recorded!

1 billion lifeforms recorded!

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international network that provides access to a huge biodiversity database. Their total number of occurrence records just reached 1 billio…

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The PhD of Sue Ellen : Start small to dream big

The PhD of Sue Ellen : Start small to dream big

Sue Ellen Taelman studied bioscience engineering (with an emphasis on environmental technology) at Ghent University from 2007 until 2012. She wrote her master’s thesis on the sustainability of alg…

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Why Nobel laureates are condemning Greenpeace’s anti-GMO campaign

Why Nobel laureates are condemning Greenpeace’s anti-GMO campaign

Genetically modified crops are grown by 18 million farmers in 28 countries worldwide. In May, a federal study by the National Academy of Sciences  declared that there is no substantiated evidence …

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Zostera Marina’s dive into the blue - Published in Nature

Zostera Marina’s dive into the blue - Published in Nature

Seagrass genome provides insights into the way marine ecosystems might adapt to climate change Coastal ecosystems are highly productive and diverse, and seagrasses form the bedrock of these ha…

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Fish-oil from micro-algae to increase sustainability

Fish-oil from micro-algae to increase sustainability

Autotrophic micro-algae are an interesting alternative to fish oil as a source for long chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). The advantages of such ‘autotrophic omega-3 producing micro-algae’ …

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Chemicals and bacteria coat plastic debris in the sea

Chemicals and bacteria coat plastic debris in the sea

The pollution arising from plastic refuse at sea is not only a question of the plastic itself but also of the bacteria and chemicals that cover the plastic, according to researchers from the Insti…

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Turning Brussels' wastewater into bioplastics

Turning Brussels' wastewater into bioplastics

Wastewater treatment company, Aquiris (subsidiary of Veolia Water), is running a pilot project at its Brussels-North Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project aims to use organic compounds from wast…

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Bio-batteries coming soon

Bio-batteries coming soon

Recently, scientists discovered an entirely new microbe that is capable of transferring electrical current. This electrified family member of the Desulfobaceae, while waiting for its scientific na…

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