Organisation - June 28, 2010

Nematology collection moves to VWA

The nematology collection of the Laboratory of Nematology has been officially transferred to the new Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA) on 24 June.

When support was withdrawn from the Laboratory of Nematology to manage its collection, Professor Jaap Bakker entered into an agreement in principle last year to transfer the collection to the Plant Protection Service (PD), which comes under the VWA this year.
The Wageningen nematology collection is the biggest of its kind in the world. It was set up at the PD after the Second World War and handed over later to the Laboratory of Nematology at Wageningen University. Comprising more than fifty thousand specimens from all over the world, it covers all the major nematode groups, except parasites of the higher animals.
The collection includes a preserved collection, a work collection and a nomenclature card system. These are now being digitized by the Laboratory.
After the summer holidays, the Laboratory and the VWA will launch a joint website under the name 'WaNeCo' (Wageningen Nematode Collection) at www.waneco.eu.

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