Wetenschap - 1 januari 1970

Pronk

Pronk

Pronk: Wageningen moet eigen station krijgen

Wageningen moet een station krijgen. Dat stelde minister Pronk van Volksgezondheid, Ruimtelijke Ordening en Milieu onlangs tijdens een provinciale verkiezingsbijeenkomst. Volgens Pronk past een eigen station bij de ontwikkeling van Wageningen als internationaal vermaard kenniscentrum. Voor mij is Wageningen de allerbekendste universiteit van Nederland, zei Pronk

Ook voor de Gelderse provinciaal gedeputeerde Lily Jacobs neemt Wageningen een aparte plaats in. Volgens Jacobs onderzoekt de provincie Gelderland of de toekomstige lightrail-verbinding in het stedelijk knooppunt Arnhem-Nijmegen kan worden doorgetrokken naar Wageningen. Lightrail maakt gebruik van lichte, snel optrekkende voertuigen, en neemt niet veel meer ruimte in dan een busbaan

De Wageningse verkeerswethouder Jack Bogers wil naast een betere bereikbaarheid van Wageningen ook meer kansen voor woningbouw. Hij is verguld met de woorden van Pronk, maar hoopt toch in eerste instantie op een lightrail-verbinding met Ede en eventueel Rhenen. M.W

The WAU Executive Board has frozen the 526,000 guilder budget for research grants this year. The money is used to cover living costs for visiting international researchers. Between 50 and 70 visitors have been helped in this way in past years: both senior researchers invited for three to nine months and recent graduates on exchange projects. The money was mostly used to top up grants received from other sources such as the European Union. Now it's up to the separate departments to reserve up to 50,000 guilders from their own budgets for this purpose, but most of them are already facing deficits. According to Dr Rob van Haarlem of the Department of Education and Research Policy the money for research grants will be available again next year

The WAU is to create a degree course in Environmental Studies. The course will be open to students who have completed a first year course in Soil, Water and Atmosphere or Environment and Sustainable Technology. The proposed course is a compromise put forward by the Student Council and accepted by the Executive Board. Rector Cees Karssen called it a creative solution: You can't just push environmental education to one side. The advantage to this solution is that the environmental degree course is closely linked to two other studies. Now it's up to the Institute for Environmental Sciences to work out the course content

A 21-year old man from Wageningen who stole 16 Koi carp from the University has been sentenced to 40 hours labour. By the time the police caught him, the youth had already sold three and released a number in the town canal. Four were rescued, but died within a few weeks from diseases contracted from their period outside captivity. In his defence the carp thief pleaded that he had taken the carp to protect them from being used as feed for catfish. A more likely explanation is that he wanted to sell them: Japanese Koi carp can fetch up to two million guilders. Sietze Leenstra, head of the De Haar test site, explained that the carp are used for genetic research. Carp which are genetically identical have different markings, and researchers are trying to determine the cause of this phenomenon

Aromas are just as effective as the best pesticides in protecting roses against aphids. Dr Hans Visser from IPO-DLO and Rob van Tol of the Tree Testing Station found that spraying roses every two weeks with a simple mixture of terpenes and essential oils was enough to frighten off aphids. They are not disclosing the exact ingredients as they have applied for a patent. The next step in testing is to incorporate the aroma into a plastic thread which can be hung over the plants. TNO developed a special biodegradable plastic which slowly releases the aroma over a two month period. Visser's vision of the future is rose fields with an aroma fence around the perimeter to keep out aphids and the viruses they bring with them


Mycorrhiza & biodiversity. Http://www.gcw.nl

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