Wetenschap - 27 februari 1997

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  • Large multilateral organisations like the World Bank and the FAO as well as the Dutch Ministry for International Cooperation are in need of multidisciplinary teams of scientists to unravel and solve complex development issues worldwide. The proposed merger of the WAU and the DLO institutes for agricultural research may strengthen the role of Wageningen in this respect. We need to combine the expertise which is scattered throughout Wageningen, in order to be able to compete with large institutes in other European countries, says Frans Meerman, secretary of the Wageningen Crop Protection Centre, a joint effort of the WAU, DLO, IAC and the PD Centre for plant diseases. Other participants think that together the university and institutes will be able to acquire more long-term cooperation with partners abroad
  • Over a hundred WAU students protested this week against the proposal of the Executive Board to limit the number of grants for students who run a student or sports organisation. The Wageningen Student Union collected a thousand signatures from students who support the protest. The students explained that running a student organisation is an important asset to have on a CV when looking for work after finishing a degree. The Board countered that WAU will still have an elaborate system for supporting student activities even after the proposed limitations
  • WAU virologist Marcel Prins has found a new method of protecting tomatoes against the Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV). It involves transferring specific genes from the virus to the plant. Prins discovered that an existing method of improving the plant's resistance to the virus, using the nucleoprotein gene of the virus, was not very efficient. Other genes however proved to be capable of establishing a much more specific and stronger resistance to the virus. Prins worked together with a scientist from the Dutch breeding company S&G Seeds, which immediately patented the new method. The method may wipe out the damage caused by TSWV to tomatoes, which at the moment costs a few billion guilders worldwide each year. Moreover, the method can also probably be used for improving other plants' resistance to viruses
  • Dutch students should take more time to get to know potential future employers during their study. This was the conclusion of a forum discussion on the labour market for engineers in Wageningen this week. The scientific level of the students is alright, explained the director of a large bakery concern, but the students lack an understanding of business culture, and have difficulties in communicating and cooperating within the company. Company members are there to supply the consumers, not to execute the smart plans that the graduate has come up with, he explained

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