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Annual Silva Nova meeting

April 2024

We learned about a lot of cool research from all partners within the Silva Nova project. We visited the abandoned agricultural field where we will establish our afforestation experiment this Fall, and also the forest where the donor soil will be collected.


Microbiome Analysis PhD Course

February 2024

We had a successful first edition of our course where PhD students learned the basics from running bioinformatics pipelines on a server to ecological data analyses. 

Terra Dunes phase II

Autumn 2023

We planted 412 oak seedlings on the ongoing Terra Dunes experiment (IBL-CML research platform) to contrast the effect of seedling inoculation (with forest-specific microbes) with the soil inoculations that were done at the start of the experiment in 2018.

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December 2023

Congrats to Martijn Bezemer on being awarded the NWO-KIC Increasing above- and belowground biodiversity in arable leek cultivation to stimulate pest control by natural enemies. New positions available soon.

Leiden MSc graduation 2023

September 2023

Congratulations to the three MSc students that worked on the Silva Nova project this year. Great job! It was a beautiful graduation ceremony!


Karin's farewell

August 2023

Time to say goodbye to Karin. Thank you for all your contribution to our group. We wish you all the best in your retirement.

City trees and heat stress

July 2023

New project starting: How does heat stress sensitivity shape the root microbiome of city trees?

We started a new project where we are studying the impact of heat/ drought stress on fungal communities in roots of trees in the city. Sometimes sampling takes a whole day and night!


Klaas' farewell

June 2023

Beautiful retirement ceremony celebrating all Klaas’ achievements and a very successful career.

Silva Nova in Tartu

May 2023

Thanks to Leho for taking us the lush Järvselja Primeval Forest during our Silva Nova visit!


Silva Nova in Tartu

May 2023

This time the Silva Nova team visited the partners in Tartu, Estonia, and we had a great time discussing science and future plans.

Christmas Outing

December 2022

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!

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Silva Nova Workshop in Leiden

November 2022

Very insightful discussions during our yearly workshop. Great to receive the Silva Nova team at Leiden University. Exciting plans ahead!

Getting our lab ready

November 2022

New equipment has arrived in our lab for lots of microbiology work!


Welcome Adam

July 2022

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

July 2022

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.

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Leiden City of Science

June 2022

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

June 2022

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.

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First Silva Nova Workshop live in Dragør, DK

May 2022

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!!
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New experiments starting!

April 2022

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!

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Farewell Ana

March 2022

It's time for Ana to start her next adventure. Good luck in Italy!

New paper by Liu et al.

January 2022

Congrats Xiangyu! First paper from the PhD thesis is out! Check out how resistance against root-feeding nematodes in Jacobaea vulgaris affects neighbouring plants!

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First field campaign for Silva Nova!

July 2021

The Leiden team has finished their very first sampling effort for the Silva Nova project, including several forests of different ages in the Netherlands.

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