Top 10 most-read news articles 2016 Wageningen University & Research

Top 10 most-read news articles 2016 Wageningen University & Research

It's that time of the year again. This is our list of most-read news articles in 2016:
  • 10 augustus 2016 A breakthrough in combating malaria with odour-baited trap for mosquitoes The use of a newly-developed mosquito trap incorporating human odour has resulted in a 70% decline in the population of the most significant malaria mosquito on the Kenyan island of Rusinga. After the introduction of the odour-baited traps on the island the proportion of people with malaria was 30% lower among those living in houses with a trap compared to people living in houses who were yet to receive a trap. The study was published today in The Lancet, a leading scientific journal. Prof. Willem Takken led the three-year study with Wageningen University & Research scientists and researchers from the Kenyan International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH).
    A breakthrough in combating malaria with odour-baited trap for mosquitoes
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  • 6 september 2016 New brand for Wageningen UR Starting in September, Wageningen University and research institutes will take on the brand name “Wageningen University & Research”. The research institutes Alterra, LEI, IMARES, and Central Veterinary Institute will now be respectively called “Wageningen Environmental Research”, “Wageningen Economic Research”, “Wageningen Marine Research”, and “Wageningen Bioveterinary Research”.
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  • 13 oktober 2016 NTU Ranking 2016: Wageningen again best agricultural university in the world Wageningen University is the best agricultural university in the world according to the National Taiwan University Ranking 2016. UC Davis and Cornell University are placed second and third.
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  • 25 augustus 2016 Nutrition app for consumers helps scientists gain new knowledge Wageningen University and Research centre launches the FoodProfiler app today. This app provides information on who, what, when, why and how food is eaten. After completing their profile, users see what type of eater they are as well as the areas they should pay attention to.
    Nutrition app for consumers helps scientists gain new knowledge
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  • 17 februari 2016 Wageningen publishes method for selecting plants with better photosynthesis Scientists from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands have developed the first ever method for accurately and simultaneously measuring the photosynthesis of nearly 1,500 plants over the course of several weeks. The method can help plant breeders more reliably select plants with an efficient photosynthesis. The scientists published the method – which uses a high-tech image analysis robot called the Phenovator, designed by WUR – in the scientific magazine Plant Methods. In addition to photosynthesis, the robot also measures the growth and movements of plants throughout the day and night. Besides plant breeding research, the equipment has major potential for fundamental scientific research into the improvement of photosynthesis in plants.
    Wageningen UR publishes method for selecting plants with better photosynthesis
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  • 15 november 2016 Keuzegids 2017: Wageningen University & Research named best Dutch university for twelfth consecutive time Wageningen University & Research has once again been ranked the best university by the Dutch university information guide Keuzegids. Nearly all of Wageningen's Bachelor’s programmes received the 'Top Programme' designation, with a score of 76 or higher. Of particular note is the explicit mention of Wageningen's combination of outstanding education and excellent research.
    Keuzegids 2017: Wageningen University & Research named best Dutch university for twelfth consecutive time
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  • 9 september 2016 WUR: forget the CAP and involve all stakeholders in a Common Agriculture & Food Policy The insight that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) needs to be revised is widespread. Most stakeholders emphasise the need for sustainability instead of a focus on agricultural productivity goals. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) takes it one step further during the Mansholt Lecture in Brussels today. The CAP should be developed into a broader Common Agriculture & Food Policy. This is needed to cope with five major challenges of society: food and nutrition security & safety, climate change & water and energy use, ecological impacts, healthy diet for a lifelong healthy lifestyle, and inequality. These challenges cannot only be solved by the farmers, but also need the commitment and behavioural change of all the other players in the food chain, including the consumer. From breeding to eating, so to say.
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  • 7 januari 2016 Insects are a sustainable source of omega-3 Insect oil is a possible new source of the healthy omega-3 fatty acid. Insects make fatty acids by nature and can live on organic waste. Wageningen University examines which insects can best be used for oil and what their optimal diet should be.
    Insects are a sustainable source of omega-3
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  • 2 september 2016 Dinner of Mars and moon vegetables well received A lovely dinner from ‘Mars’. The first meal ever based on vegetables grown in Mars and moon simulant soils provided by NASA was prepared and heartily consumed on Tuesday the 30th of August. Students of Rijn IJssel Vakschool and Wageningen University prepared the meal and served it to guests at the hotel ‘De Nieuwe Wereld’ (The New World).
    Marsdiner Wageningen UR
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  • 24 november 2015 Mutation causing hydrocephalus in Friesian horses discovered Researchers from Wageningen University, Utrecht University and the University Medical Center Utrecht have discovered the mutation causing hydrocephalus (water on the brain) in Friesian horses. The discovery of this lethal mutation was recently published in BMC Genomics. Prior to the final approval of the publication, this unique consortium developed a DNA test, in collaboration with ‘Dr. van Haeringen Laboratorium (VHL)’ in Wageningen. With this test 865 Friesian horses have so far been screened to identify carriers of this mutation, such that so-called risk-matings for hydrocephalus can be avoided.
    Mutation causing hydrocephalus in Friesian horses discovered
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