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The integration of agriculture and tree production is a promising option for farmers, environment and biodiversity. We are currently investigating which combinations of trees, shrubs and livestock are most effective.

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Low crop diversity makes food production more vulnerable to stress such as climate change. That is why we started the Diversifood project: more agricultural diversity leads to more robust and stable systems.

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More than 250 dairy farmers in the Dutch province of Gelderland are participating in the project Vruchtbare Kringloop ["The fruits of nutrient cycling"] (2013-2015) to improve nutrient use efficiency and reduce nutrient losses to surface and groundwater.

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News


New lifestyle programme shows possibility of reversal of type 2 diabetes


The prevalence of type 2 diabetes has seen a sharp rise during the last decade, with 425 million people worldwide suffering from the disease, largely due to lifestyle choices, which includes unhealthy eating habits.

While lifestyle interventions, including nutrition, exercise and stress relief, are seen as possible solutions to stop this trend and reverse diabetes, studies backing up this belief are rare.


Recent Publications


Nature-based agriculture for an adequate human microbiome
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Sward lifting in compacted grassland
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Productivity and Topsoil Quality of Young and Old Permanent Grassland: An On-Farm Comparison
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Embedding Cultivated Diversity in Society for Agro-Ecological Transition
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