The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) conducts terrestrial and freshwater ecological research, with the aim of elucidating how living organisms interact with each other and with their surroundings.

By studying all the facets of Nature – from bacterial DNA to ecosystem biodiversity – its scientists generate valuable ecological knowledge useful for solving society’s nature conservation and environmental problems, and for making decisions about how to ensure that planet Earth remains inhabitable.

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) is a top research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). NIOO-KNAW is located in a new building in Wageningen.

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