What a pleasant choice for the group outing this year: a sunny afternoon walking through the Dutch dunes! And the best part was spotting the BISONS!
Silva Nova Workshop in Leiden
Very insightful discussions during our yearly workshop. Great to receive the Silva Nova team at Leiden University. Exciting plans ahead!
Getting our lab ready
New equipment has arrived in our lab for lots of microbiology work!
We are very excited to have Adam Ossowicki joining our group as a postdoc!
More research on microbiomes of Jacobaea vulgaris and Tyria jacobaeae soon to come...
First year of Silva Nova
We are thankful to all our students for doing a great job during their internships within the first year of the Silva Nova project.
Also, congrats to all BSc students finishing up their theses successfully in the Above-Belowground Interactions group.
Leiden City of Science
Our group was represented during the Plant Day of the Leiden City of Science event. People of all ages were very interested to hear about our work on plant-microbe interactions. And in the end, everyone took a tree seedling home to plant in their garden!
Setting up experiments in DK
Our PhD candidate Kostas has been in Denmark to help set up some pilot experiments with the rest of the Silva Nova team. These experiments will inform our choices for treatments to include in the field experiment next year.
First Silva Nova Workshop live in Dragør, DK
We finally gathered the whole team live after one year of the start of the project. Thanks to all participants for making these three days a lively, productive and fun event! Many great ideas to establish our common field experiment!!
(Photo credit: Kent Pørksen)
New experiments starting!
This week, three new experiments have been set up to test soil inoculation methods, including the inoculation of microbial fractions. Our climate rooms are full at the moment!
It's time for Ana to start her next adventure. Good luck in Italy!
New paper by Liu et al.
Congrats Xiangyu! First paper from the PhD thesis is out! Check out how resistance against root-feeding nematodes in Jacobaea vulgaris affects neighbouring plants!
First field campaign for Silva Nova!
The Leiden team has finished their very first sampling effort for the Silva Nova project, including several forests of different ages in the Netherlands.