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Technology for agro-food at Dutch Technology Week

Published on
June 1, 2021

During the Dutch Technology Week, the technology sector shows and let you feel and experience what it is like to work on inventions that change the world. Three young researchers from Wageningen also contributed. They presented their exceptional research in the Dutch finals of FameLab, a competition for scientific communication.

Synthetic biology as a solution to the nitrogen problem

Sophie van der Vlugt pitched the Cattlelyst project in her three minutes. With a group of students, she is working on a biofilter that can filter the air from cowsheds by using bacteria that do not yet exist.

By genetically modifying (adapting) existing bacteria, she creates bacteria that eat the 'bad' substances such as ammonia and methane. Convenient and safe according to the research team.

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GPS for chickens

Malou van der Sluis introduces us to Bob. Bob is a broiler chicken that can be tracked through a small tag and antennas under the floor.

With the information about his movements, researchers can say something about Bob's health, welfare and performance. A sudden decrease or increase in movement can be a sign that something is wrong. This research provides information that can improve Bob's welfare as well as that of other animals.

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A world without plastic?

We often think that plastic doesn't decay, but that's not entirely true. And that's exactly what Rose Pinto wants to make us aware of.

Weather influences such as sun and wind ensure that even the seemingly 'undegradable' plastics (such as bags, bottles, etc.) release small particles: the so-called micro and nano plastics. And we find these in our food, water and the air we breathe.

As only 9% of plastics are recycled, there are still huge opportunities for recylcing and reuse.

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Results FameLab final

Twelve participants, all winners from the FameLab preliminaries at four Dutch universities (WUR, UTwente, Amsterdam UMC and TU/e) competed for the win. Alexandra Cloherty from Amsterdam UMC came out as the winner. Congratulations! She may represent the Netherlands in the online international finals, which are part of the Cheltenham Science Festival.

Studying technology in Wageningen

Do you think 'I would like to do a study like them?'. Then take a look at the page 'Studying something with technology' (in Dutch). And get inspired!