Cities have a direct influence on evolution 18 March 2022
A global biological study has provided the most direct evidence to date that humans, and specifically cities, are the drivers of evolutionary change o...
First Dutch field trials with exotic insect to combat invasive plant 22 October 2020
For the first time in the Netherlands, an exotic insect species is released into the wild to combat a harmful plant species. The Japanese knotweed psy...
Omid Karami wins Krijn Rietveld Memorial Innovation Award 05 June 2020
Plant scientist Omid Karami is the first winner of the Krijn Rietveld Memorial Innovation Award. The jury praises the outstanding quality of his scien...
Beetle can limit hay fever 08 May 2020
Leiden biologist Suzanne Lommen and an international team of scientists have investigated how a beetle can reduce hay fever in Europe. Locally, the be...
Longevity gene discovered in plants 14 April 2020
Harvesting rice from the same field, without planting new rice plants? A discovery may bring this scenario closer. Leiden scientists have discovered a...
‘Don’t ever discriminate yourself by any gender-related label’ 11 February 2020
Iranian molecular plant biologist Salma Balazadeh started her career in Germany. Now she sets up a research group in Leiden to study stress in plants ...
Dutch National Research Agenda supports five ‘Leiden’ public-private projects 12 June 2019
The Dutch National Research Agenda announced today that it will provide 17 research projects with a total of 61 million euros in funding. Researchers ...
Leiden discovery evaluated by world-leading breeding companies 01 November 2018
Various companies in the plant biotech industry will test a recent Leiden discovery in their crops. The ‘Pol Theta’ technology is developed in Leiden ...
Phyto-pharmaceuticals and gene targeting 01 January 2016
We exploit secondary metabolites of plant to develop pharmaceutical compounds and we genetically modify plant genomes to improve crops.