News - September 22, 2016

Rove beetles

Vincent Koperdraat

Millipedes, woodlice, ants and rove beetles have one thing in common: they are all soil creatures. Students in their first year of the Bachelor’s in Forest and Nature Policy were studying them last week for the Ecology II course.

Rove beetle under a microscope (Photo: Sven Menschel)

They took specimens from three different woods around Wageningen. They were afraid they wouldn’t be able to find as much soil fauna in the hot weather, but that was not a problem says teacher Ron de Goede. Back on campus, the students classified and quantified the creatures – which were released again in their own habitat after the practical was over. VK, photo Sven Menschel