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Cultivating the growth of life-science graduates : on the role of educational ecosystems [Monograph]
Brok, Perry den \ 2018
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Food reward matters [Monograph]
Zandstra, Liesbeth \ 2018
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Rural Futures : inclusive rural development in times of urbanisation [Monograph]
Bock, Bettina B. \ 2018
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Radio mastor jammer? : the role of religion in moral issues [Monograph]
Jochemsen, Henk \ 2018
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Open innovation : the road to success in agrifood? [Monograph]
Omta, S.W.F. \ 2017
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Ethics of livestock farming? : who cares? [Monograph]
Gremmen, H.G.J. \ 2017

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The number of animals in The Netherlands has grown to an all-time high. Tens of millions of animals play an important role in different activities as pets, in sports, as hobby and companion animals, but they are also used in clinical trials and tests, especially in agriculture (Eijsackers and Scholten, 2011). However, Dutch society is changing dramatically in relation to societal ideas about agricultural production (LNV, 2007; Ankersmit, 2010), especially about genetic modification and the use of animals (Bruijnis et al., 2015). To mention only a few trends that will reduce animal numbers in the long run: a ban on wild circus animals, a ban on mink (six million animals each year), a restriction on keeping certain species as pets (‘positieflijst 2017’), and a 20% reduction in dairy cows. Besides their role in society, animals are also found in nature areas, where humans are causing the sixth global mass extinction of wild animals. A future without the need to care for large and medium sized animals seems to lie ahead. The answer to the second question in the title of my inaugural lecture may also be interpreted in a more cynical way: Ethics of livestock farming? Who cares? Does this correspond with the thoughts of Francis Kint, the CEO of Vion, on the filmed animal abuse in a Belgian slaughterhouse ? (Tuenter, 2017) In a recent NRC interview, he said that his first thoughts were that this was bad for the industry, and that it could have been prevented by a better layout of the slaughterhouse. Although this is not the empathic reaction that concerned people from outside the production system would have expected, it is a typical reaction of a professional inside the production system who cares for a better system (Bergstra et al., 2015). In the same interview, he suggested some innovations to prevent stress, like no bends in the walkway to the slaughter site.

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Natural cycles in unnatural soils [Monograph]
Groenigen, Jan Willem van \ 2017
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Back to the future instead of forward to the past [Monograph]
Murk, A.J. \ 2017
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Farm animal health : progress, problems and perspectives [Monograph]
Schukken, Ynte H. \ 2017
animal welfare - animal production - animal health - dairy cattle - cattle - pigs
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Plantenveredeling: nieuwe dimensies van veerkracht [Monograph]
Lammerts van Bueren, Edith \ 2017
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Bacterial cell factories : applying thermophiles to fuel the biobased economy [Monograph]
Kranenburg, Richard van \ 2017
industrial microbiology - biobased chemistry - biobased economy - bacteria - genetic engineering - thermophilic bacteria - biomass conversion

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The research of Bacterial Cell Factories aims to apply bacteria for production of biobased chemicals from renewable resources. The focus lies on thermophilic Gram-positives. This group of relatively unexplored thermophiles has many relevant characteristics that make them attractive as production organism for green chemicals. Development of genetic tools is a requirement for high-throughput engineering. The scientific challenge lies in exploring and exploiting the microbial physiology of the selected production organisms, involving an integrated approach of various disciplines. Successful development of such Bacterial Cell Factories is crucial for establishing the biobased economy.

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Dialogues with the atmospheric boundary layer : integrating physics, chemistry and biology [Monograph]
Vilà-Guerau de Arellano, Jordi \ 2017
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Rivers of scarcity : Utopian water regimes and flows against the current [Monograph]
Boelens, Rutgerd Anne \ 2017

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'Utopians organized space, nature and society to perfection, including land and water governance -- rescuing society from deep-rooted crisis: “The happiest basis for a civilized community, to be universally adopted”. These days, similarly, well-intended utopian water governance regimes suggest radical transformations to combat the global Water Crisis, controlling deviant natures and humans. This lecture examines water utopia and dystopia as mirror societies. Modern utopias ignore real-life water cultures, squeeze rivers dry, concentrate water for the few, and blame the victims. But water-user collectives, men and women, increasingly speak up. They ask scholars and students to help question Flying Islands experts’ claims to rationality, democracy and equity; to co-create water knowledges and co-design water governance.'

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Towards an alternative human health risk assessment paradigm [Monograph]
Boogaard, J. \ 2017
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Tussen idealisme en wetenschap : van dood land naar levende natuur [Monograph]
Berendse, Frank \ 2016
nature - nature conservation - nature management - biodiversity - plant communities - species richness - science
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Ethnobotany : linking traditional plant use to health, history and heritage [Monograph]
Andel, Tinde van \ 2016
ethnobotany - economic botany - health - wild plants - medicinal plants
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Towards 'nature-inclusive' agriculture [Monograph]
Runhaar, Hens \ 2016
biodiversity - agri-environment schemes - agriculture - nature conservation - governance - netherlands
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Competence for life : a review of developments and perspective for the future [Monograph]
Mulder, Martin \ 2016
education - competences - theory - research
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The metis of responsible innovation : helping society to get better at the conversation between today and tomorrow [Monograph]
Macnaghten, Philip \ 2016
technology - innovations - innovation adoption - future
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Evolutie in actie : van verklaren naar voorspellen [Monograph]
Visser, Arjan de \ 2016
evolution - forecasting
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