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    Hofstede, G.J. - \ 2020
    In: The World IT Project: Global Issues in Information Technology / Palvia, P., Ghosh, J., Jacks, T., Serenko, A., Hamit Turan, A., World Scientific Publishing - ISBN 9789811208638
    Mediterranean diet intervention alters the gut microbiome in older people reducing frailty and improving health status : The NU-AGE 1-year dietary intervention across five European countries
    Ghosh, Tarini Shankar ; Rampelli, Simone ; Jeffery, Ian B. ; Santoro, Aurelia ; Neto, Marta ; Capri, Miriam ; Giampieri, Enrico ; Jennings, Amy ; Candela, Marco ; Turroni, Silvia ; Zoetendal, Erwin G. ; Hermes, Gerben D.A. ; Elodie, Caumon ; Brugere, Corinne Malpuech ; Pujos-Guillot, Estelle ; Berendsen, Agnes M. ; Groot, Lisette C.P.G.M. De; Feskens, Edith J.M. ; Kaluza, Joanna ; Pietruszka, Barbara ; Bielak, Marta Jeruszka ; Comte, Blandine ; Maijo-Ferre, Monica ; Nicoletti, Claudio ; Vos, Willem M. de; Fairweather-Tait, Susan ; Cassidy, Aedin ; Brigidi, Patrizia ; Franceschi, Claudio ; O'Toole, Paul W. - \ 2020
    Gut 69 (2020)7. - ISSN 0017-5749
    ageing - diet - enteric bacterial microflora - inflammation - intestinal bacteria

    Objective: Ageing is accompanied by deterioration of multiple bodily functions and inflammation, which collectively contribute to frailty. We and others have shown that frailty co-varies with alterations in the gut microbiota in a manner accelerated by consumption of a restricted diversity diet. The Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) is associated with health. In the NU-AGE project, we investigated if a 1-year MedDiet intervention could alter the gut microbiota and reduce frailty. Design: We profiled the gut microbiota in 612 non-frail or pre-frail subjects across five European countries (UK, France, Netherlands, Italy and Poland) before and after the administration of a 12-month long MedDiet intervention tailored to elderly subjects (NU-AGE diet). Results: Adherence to the diet was associated with specific microbiome alterations. Taxa enriched by adherence to the diet were positively associated with several markers of lower frailty and improved cognitive function, and negatively associated with inflammatory markers including C-reactive protein and interleukin-17. Analysis of the inferred microbial metabolite profiles indicated that the diet-modulated microbiome change was associated with an increase in short/branch chained fatty acid production and lower production of secondary bile acids, p-cresols, ethanol and carbon dioxide. Microbiome ecosystem network analysis showed that the bacterial taxa that responded positively to the MedDiet intervention occupy keystone interaction positions, whereas frailty-associated taxa are peripheral in the networks. Conclusion: Collectively, our findings support the feasibility of improving the habitual diet to modulate the gut microbiota which in turn has the potential to promote healthier ageing.

    Exploring the usefulness of scenario archetypes in science-policy processes: Experience across IPBES assessments
    Sitas, Nadia ; Harmáčková, Zuzana V. ; Anticamara, Jonathan A. ; Arneth, Almut ; Badola, Ruchi ; Biggs, Reinette ; Blanchard, Ryan ; Brotons, Lluis ; Cantele, Matthew ; Coetzer, Kaera ; Dasgupta, Rajarshi ; Belder, Eefje Den; Ghosh, Sonali ; Guisan, Antoine ; Gundimeda, Haripriya ; Hamann, Maike ; Harrison, Paula A. ; Hashimoto, Shizuka ; Hauck, Jennifer ; Klatt, Brian J. ; Kok, Kasper ; Krug, Rainer M. ; Niamir, Aidin ; O'farrell, Patrick J. ; Okayasu, Sana ; Palomo, Ignacio ; Pereira, Laura M. ; Riordan, Philip ; Santos-Martín, Fernando ; Selomane, Odirilwe ; Shin, Yunne Jai ; Valle, Mireia - \ 2019
    Ecology and Society 24 (2019)3. - ISSN 1708-3087
    Assessment - Biodiversity - Decision making - Ecosystem services - Futures - Nature - Regional - Scenarios

    Scenario analyses have been used in multiple science-policy assessments to better understand complex plausible futures. Scenario archetype approaches are based on the fact that many future scenarios have similar underlying storylines, assumptions, and trends in drivers of change, which allows for grouping of scenarios into typologies, or archetypes, facilitating comparisons between a large range of studies. The use of scenario archetypes in environmental assessments foregrounds important policy questions and can be used to codesign interventions tackling future sustainability issues. Recently, scenario archetypes were used in four regional assessments and one ongoing global assessment within the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The aim of these assessments was to provide decision makers with policy-relevant knowledge about the state of biodiversity, ecosystems, and the contributions they provide to people. This paper reflects on the usefulness of the scenario archetype approach within science-policy processes, drawing on the experience from the IPBES assessments. Using a thematic analysis of (a) survey data collected from experts involved in the archetype analyses across IPBES assessments, (b) notes from IPBES workshops, and (c) regional assessment chapter texts, we synthesize the benefits, challenges, and frontiers of applying the scenario archetype approach in a science-policy process. Scenario archetypes were perceived to allow syntheses of large amounts of information for scientific, practice-, and policy-related purposes, streamline key messages from multiple scenario studies, and facilitate communication of them to end users. In terms of challenges, they were perceived as subjective in their interpretation, oversimplifying information, having a limited applicability across scales, and concealing contextual information and novel narratives. Finally, our results highlight what methodologies, applications, and frontiers in archetype-based research should be explored in the future. These advances can assist the design of future large-scale sustainability-related assessment processes, aiming to better support decisions and interventions for equitable and sustainable futures.

    Poor urban neighbourhoods more vulnerable to extended effects of heat
    Siderius, C. ; Singh, T. - \ 2019
    Does Microfinance Make Households More Resilient to Shocks? Evidence From the Cyclone Phailin in India
    Calis, Thijmen ; Gangopadhyay, Shubhashis ; Ghosh, Namrata ; Lensink, Robert ; Meesters, Aljar - \ 2017
    Journal of International Development 29 (2017)7. - ISSN 0954-1748 - p. 1011 - 1015.
    India - Microfinance - Natural disasters - Shocks

    This research note examines the relevance of microfinance as a means to cope with natural disasters, using the event of the cyclone Phailin, which struck India in 2013. The results indicate that microfinance helps reduce the negative effects of extreme weather-related shocks. In light of the somewhat disappointing outcomes suggested by several recent rigorous impact studies, this research paints a more positive picture of the importance of microfinance as an insurance mechanism to deal with weather-related risks.

    Mixed Culture Chain Elongation (MCCE) - A Novel Biotechnology for Renewable Biochemical Production from Organic Residual Streams.
    Chen, W.S. ; Roghair, M. ; Triana Mecerreyes, D. ; Strik, D.P.B.T.B. ; Kroeze, C. ; Buisman, C.J.N. - \ 2017
    In: Energy Engineering / Raghavan, K.V., Ghosh, P., Singapore : Springer Nature Singapore - ISBN 9789811031014 - p. 157 - 158.
    MCCE is a novel biotechnology that has potential to produce biochemicals from organic residual streams in a clean, renewable and economically viable way. A pilot plant has been established by ChainCraft in Amsterdam, Netherlands to process supermarket waste into value added biochemicals. Ongoing and future researches will aim to optimise the technological and environmental performances through Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and alternative substrates to ethanol.
    The UN, Energy, and the Sustainable Development Goals
    Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S.I.S.E. - \ 2016
    In: The Palgrave Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy / Van de Graaf, Thijs, Sovacool, Benjamin K., Ghosh, Arunabha, Kern, Florian, Klare, Michael T., London : Palgrave - ISBN 9781137556301 - p. 115 - 138.
    Country report INDIA - MFS II EVALUATIONS
    Lensink, R. ; Bedi, A. ; Gangopadhyay, S. ; Ghosh, N. ; Goderis, B. ; Kumar Yadav, B. ; Meesters, A. ; Prasad Mohapatra, B. ; Rao Sahib, P. ; Sethi, S. ; Sharma, P. ; Srinivasan, S. ; Klaver, D.C. ; Desalos, C.B. ; Hofstede, M. ; Wadhwa, S. ; Pandey, R. ; Madaan, A. ; Kalra, A. ; Kusters, C.S.L. ; Bhargava, S. ; Buizer, N.N. ; Kishore Das, A. ; Wilson Bhatra, R. ; Sen, P. ; Bulte, E. ; Pradhan, M. - \ 2015
    Wageningen : Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR (CDI Rapporten ) - 1860
    This report on India is one of a series of evaluation reports, consisting of ten reports in total, reflecting the results of the jointly-organised MFS II evaluation: - Eight country reports (India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Uganda, Indonesia, DR Congo, Liberia, Pakistan); - A synthesis report (covering the eight country studies); and - A report with the results of the international lobbying and advocacy programmes. This series of reports assessed the 2011-2015 contribution of the Dutch Co-Financing System (MFS II) towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, strengthening international civil society, setting the international agenda and changing decision-makers’ policy and practice, with the ultimate goal of reducing structural poverty. On July 2nd, 2015, the reports were approved by the independent steering committee (see below), which concluded that they meet the quality standards of validity, reliability and usefulness set by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Over het welzijn van in zee gevangen vis
    Jonge, F.H. de; Boon, N. ; Brauner, M. ; Dakriet, N. ; Kumar Ghosh, A. ; Jansen, J. ; Hamoen, J. ; Kok, J. de; Hürlimann, R. ; Laan, R. ; Marbus, S. ; Merema, P. ; Pijcke, N. ; Rooijen, K. van; Stolwijk, D. ; Vissia, S. ; Vrijenhoek, M. ; Willemsma, A. ; Zaalberg, R. ; Zagenia, F. - \ 2015
    Wageningen : Wetenschapswinkel Wageningen UR (Rapport / Wetenschapswinkel Wageningen UR 322) - 57
    dierenwelzijn - vis - wilde dieren - diergezondheid - visserij - zeevisserij - vismethoden - animal welfare - fish - wild animals - animal health - fisheries - marine fisheries - fishing methods
    De Stichting Vissenbescherming heeft de hulp van de wetenschapswinkel van Wageningen UR ingeroepen. Zij vraagt haar te ondersteunen met onderzoek dat een stap voorwaarts kan betekenen op weg naar een vissenwelzijnskeurmerk voor in het wild gevangen (zee)vis. In totaal 19 studenten (3 studententeams en 2 masterstudenten) deden voor de wetenschapswinkel (literatuur)onderzoek naar a) welzijn van vissen (met name platvis) in relatie tot de visserij en b) maatschappelijke agendering op het gebied van vissenwelzijn. Op grond van een literatuurstudie wordt geconcludeerd dat steeds meer wetenschappelijke argumenten erop wijzen dat ook vissen pijn lijden en emoties kunnen ervaren. Voor diegenen die deze argumenten in twijfel trekken wordt door Elder bepleit het “voorzorgsprincipe” te hanteren, waarbij ernaar gestreefd wordt het risico op pijn en leed bij vissen zoveel mogelijk te voorkomen.
    Practices and networks supporting the on-farm management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture
    Nilsen, L.B. ; Subedi, A. ; Dulloo, M.E. ; Ghosh, K. ; Chavez-Tafur, J. ; Blundo Canto, G.M. ; Boef, W.S. de - \ 2015
    Plant genetic resources: characterization and utilization 13 (2015)01. - ISSN 1479-2621 - p. 36 - 44.
    Millions of farmers depend on the use of local crops and varieties for their food and livelihood. These resources constitute a reservoir of alternative traits and characteristics, which allow us to diversify crops, foods and farming methods and provide material for targeted plant breeding. Still, many countries lag behind in providing support to farming communities for the maintenance and use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). A global survey was conducted among a wide range of stakeholders to gain insights into the state of on-farm management (OFM) as a strategy for enhancing the maintenance and sustainable use of PGRFA. The survey showed that a wide range of stakeholders provide de facto support to OFM and that the practices they consider critical are focused on building capabilities in local communities. This supports the fact that the management of crop diversity on farm can be promoted in a variety of ways, depending on the specific context, and that local solutions are needed to successfully support OFM. Partnerships and networks should be considered as one of the critical means to promote OFM, as they involve a diversity of stakeholders working towards common goals. The survey further showed that many respondents currently contribute to existing networks relevant to OFM, but that these networks are mainly nationally or internationally oriented and might therefore exclude crucial local stakeholders, such as community-based organizations. Therefore, mechanisms should be put in place to strengthen the collaboration between stakeholders and networks, especially at the local level.
    The relationship between national plant genetic resources programmes and practitioners promoting on-farm management : Results from a global survey
    Nilsen, L.B. ; Subedi, A. ; Dulloo, M.E. ; Ghosh, K. ; Chavez-Tafur, J. ; Blundo Canto, G.M. ; Boef, W.S. de - \ 2014
    Plant genetic resources: characterization and utilization 12 (2014)1. - ISSN 1479-2621 - p. 143 - 146.
    A global survey was conducted among a wide range of stakeholders to gain insight into the state of on-farm management (OFM) as a strategy for enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). The results show that OFM is not considered a priority in national PGRFA programmes (NPGRPs), and that OFM practitioners and their organizations are not always aware of, or involved in, NPGRPs. The survey also highlighted the lack of awareness, understanding and collaboration between OFM practitioners and the managers and policy-makers associated with NPGRPs. The outcome of the analysis supports a hypothesis that OFM is, to a large extent, supported by stakeholders who are not directly engaged in the conservation and use of PGRFA, and therefore not associated with NPGRPs. This should be taken into consideration when seeking to improve the performance and impact of national programmes, and their commitment to safeguard PGRFA and contribute to food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable agriculture.
    Adaptation to changing water resource availability in Northern India with respect to Himalayan Glacier retreat and changing monsoons using participatory approaches
    Bhadwal, S. ; Groot, A.M.E. ; Balakrishnan, S. ; Nair, S. ; Ghosh, S. ; Lingaraj, G.J. ; Terwisscha Van Scheltinga, C.T.H.M. ; Bhave, A. ; Siderius, C. - \ 2013
    Science of the Total Environment 468-469 (2013)Suppl.1. - ISSN 0048-9697 - p. S152 - S161.
    climate-change - management - governance - multilevel - scales
    Changes in rainfall patterns and temperatures are likely to affect water resources in India. Also, changes in the extreme events will have direct implications on life and property. Adapting to the adverse effects of climate change becomes critical to avoid huge material and immaterial damages. This paper discusses the use of a multi-level and participatory approach to develop adaptation options to deal with climate related risks in a manner that contributes to stakeholder engagement, understanding of the risks, identification of the adaptation responses as well as its prioritization for risk reduction. It highlights the importance of involving stakeholders from multiple levels as each level corresponds with different priorities in adaptation options.
    On rapid change points under long memory.
    Menéndez, P. ; Ghosh, S. ; Beran, J. - \ 2010
    Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference 140 (2010)11. - ISSN 0378-3758 - p. 3343 - 3354.
    nonparametric regression - bandwidth selection - range dependence - limit-theorems - time-series - errors - parameter - covariate - threshold - inference
    Estimation of points of rapid change in the mean function m(t) is considered under long memory residuals, irregularily spaced time points and smoothly changing marginal distributions obtained by local Gaussian subordination. The approach is based on kernel estimation of derivatives of the trend function. An asymptotic expression for the mean squared error is obtained. Limit theorems are derived for derivatives of m and the time points where rapid change occurs. The results are illustrated by an application to measurements of oxygen isotopes trapped in the Greenland ice sheets during the last 20,000 years. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Microalgal biotechnology in the production of nutraceuticals
    Norsker, N.H. ; Barbosa, M.J. ; Wijffels, R.H. - \ 2010
    In: Biotechnology in Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals / Bagchi, D., Lau, F.C., Ghosh, D.K., CRC Press - ISBN 9781420087116 - p. 279 - 312.
    The Future Today
    Rothman, D.S. ; Agard, J. ; Alcamo, J. ; Alder, J. ; Al-Zubari, W.K. ; Beek, T. aus der; Chenje, M. ; Eickhout, B. ; Flörke, M. ; Galt, M. ; Ghosh, N. ; Hemmings, A. ; Hernandez-Pedresa, G. ; Hijioka, Y. ; Hughes, B. ; Hunsberger, C. ; Kainuma, M. ; Kartha, S. ; Miles, L. ; Msangi, S. ; Odongo Ochola, W. ; Pichs Madruga, R. ; Pirc-Velkarvh, A. ; Ribeiro, T. ; Ringler, C. ; Rogan-Finnemore, M. ; Sall, A. ; Schaldach, R. ; Stanners, D. ; Sydnor, M. ; Ruijven, B. van; Vuuren, D. van; Verburg, P.H. ; Verzano, K. ; Zöckler, C. - \ 2007
    In: United Nations Environment Programme, Global Environment Outlook GEO 4 Environment for Development (Section E - The Outlook - Towards 2015 and Beyond, Chapter 9) / Magadza, C., Nairobi, Kenya : UNEP - ISBN 9789280728361 - p. 397 - 454.
    Agriculture, water, and ecosystems: avoiding the costs of going too far
    Falkenmark, M. ; Finlayson, M. ; Gordon, L. ; Bennett, E. ; Chiuta, T.M. ; Coates, D. ; Ghosh, N. ; Gopalakrishnan, M. ; Groot, R.S. de; Jacks, G. ; Kendy, E. ; Oyebanda, L. ; Moore, M. ; Peterson, G.D. ; Portuguez, J.M. ; Seesink, K. ; Tharme, R. ; Wasson, R. - \ 2007
    In: Water for food. Water for life. A comprehensive assessment of water management in Agriculture / Molden, D., London (UK) : Earthscan (Comprehensive assessment of water management in agriculture ) - ISBN 9781844073962 - p. 233 - 277.
    Modern remote sensing for environmental monitoring of landscape states and trajectories
    Zimmermann, N.E. ; Washington-Allen, R.A. ; Ramsey, R.D. ; Schaepman, M.E. ; Mathys, L. ; Koetz, B. ; Kneubühler, M. ; Edwards, T.C. - \ 2007
    In: A Changing World : Challenges for Landscape Research / Kienast, F., Wildi, O., Ghosh, S., Dordrecht : Springer (Landscape Series 8) - ISBN 9789048123902 - p. 65 - 91.
    Quantitative retrieval of biogeophysical characteristics using imaging spectroscopy - a mountain forest case study
    Schaepman, M.E. ; Koetz, B. ; Schaepman-Strub, G. ; Zimmermann, N.E. ; Itten, K.I. - \ 2004
    In: Modern Approaches in Vegetation Monitoring / Feldmeyer-Christe, E., Ghosh., S., Wildi, O., Zimmermann, N.E., Podani, J., Budapest (HU) : Akadémiai Kiadó - ISBN 9789630581837 - 143 p.
    Electronic structure of transition metal-isocorrole complexes: a first quantum chemical study
    Oort, B.F. van; Tangen, E. ; Ghosh, A. - \ 2004
    European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2004 (2004)12. - ISSN 1434-1948 - p. 2442 - 2445.
    peroxidase compound-i - pi-cation radicals - noninnocent ligands - porphyrins - corroles - centers - iron(iv) - electrochemistry - absorption - insights
    DFT calculations indicate that the broad electronic-structural features of metalloisocorroles are rather similar to those of analogous metallocorroles. Thus, like their corrole analogues, many metalloisocorroles feature substantially non-innocent ligands. Another key point is that both corroles and isocorroles can exhibit at least two kinds of radical character, a2 and b1. However, corrole and isocorrole derivatives also differ significantly in a few ways: for example, the S = 1/2 CoPh complexes of corrole and isocorrole exhibit ground states of different symmetries (2A and 2A, respectively, in Cs notation), reflecting different interplays of metal(d)-ligand(p) interactions in corrole versus isocorrole derivatives. The ligand non-innocence phenomena encountered in this study are broadly reminiscent of similar phenomena in peroxidase compound I intermediates and their synthetic models. It seems reasonable, therefore, to adopt the view that this study, along with related studies on corrole derivatives, provides a broader chemical context for appreciating the electronic structures of high-valent heme protein intermediates.
    Structure of human transthyretin complexed with bromophenols : a new mode of binding
    Ghosh, M. ; Meerts, I.A.T.M. ; Cook, A. ; Bergman, A. ; Brouwer, A. ; Johnson, L. - \ 2000
    Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography 56 (2000)9. - ISSN 0907-4449 - p. 1085 - 1095.
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