Wetenschap - 29 oktober 1998

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  • It is often said that the biodiversity of useful plants is decreasing because of modern breeding techniques. The reason: plant breeders only use a small set of genes. But this is nonsense, says WAU professor in plant breeding Piet Stam. The genetic diversity of plants has not actually decreased in the past years, because the plant breeders have used genes from other varieties to make plants resistant to diseases. But there are a lot of similarities between plant varieties, admits Stam, which means that diversity between varieties is limited. He wants to collaborate with organic farmers to improve this type of diversity
  • an Renkema, professor in Farm Management, is retiring at the age of 61. He started his scientific career with a publication in Nature about a computer model for farm management. At that time the computers were really slow. I asked the university for computer time from Friday evening till Monday morning. Renkema was anxious to know the results and set his alarm clock to go off in the middle of the night. A colleague of his even took a camp bed to the computer building. Romantic times, recalls Renkema. He ended his career as manager of a graduate school for the past few years. A real bridge builder, says another school worker. Renkema: If you take it easy and don't hurry, you will go a long way. This accounts to one of his sport achievements: finishing the 200-kilometre Elfsteden ice skating tour two years ago
  • WAU education receives good marks from its students and referees - Wageningen is runner-up of the thirteen Dutch universities, behind Maastricht. The WAU students enjoy the quality and choice of the courses, the international orientation, good equipment and library facilities as well as the outstanding sport facilities. However, they are very critical about the organisation of the lectures and exams, due to a change in the educational system. A temporary problem, argues the university: WAU education serves to produce value for money - a pity that the government has decided to lower the education budget by 25 million guilders
  • The Junushoff theatre in Wageningen reopens this weekend after a nine-million-guilder renovation of the building which has taken up the past year. The new building and theatre programme will attract a lot more people - new director Michiel Lindenbergh has already sold two thousand season tickets, compared to an average of eight hundred tickets in previous years

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