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    Indicatoren voor burgerbetrokkenheid bij natuur : Een zoektocht naar nieuwe aanknopingspunten voor monitoring
    Mattijssen, Thomas ; Pleijte, Marcel ; Dengerink, Just ; Koster, Tinka ; Visscher, Maarten - \ 2020
    Wageningen : Wettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu (WOt-technical report 180) - 84
    This report is about finding avenues for expanding the monitoring of public engagement with nature. The aim was to obtain a better understanding of this public engagement. The study involved an extensive review of knowledge needs in the literature and various interactions with stakeholders, which then formed the basis for the construction of a dashboard showing the main knowledge needs. These were clustered into four themes: the public’s perceptions of nature, nature-related activities by the public, the organisation of social engagement with nature, and the effects of public engagement with nature. The study also looked for methodological pointers for the further development of indicators by refining them to make them more reliable, by broadening them to capture additional information, and through the development of new methods. We concluded that the many forms of public engagement with nature require the deployment of a broad spectrum of indicators to map this engagement from a range of perspectives.
    Handleiding BedrijfsWaterWijzer
    Verloop, Koos ; Bassa, Bas ; Koster, Dick Jan ; Verwijs, Ben - \ 2020
    Wageningen : Wageningen Livestock Research (Koeien & Kansen rapport nr. 87) - 68
    Eleven grand challenges in single-cell data science
    Lähnemann, David ; Köster, Johannes ; Szczurek, Ewa ; McCarthy, Davis J. ; Hicks, Stephanie C. ; Robinson, Mark D. ; Vallejos, Catalina A. ; Campbell, Kieran R. ; Beerenwinkel, Niko ; Mahfouz, Ahmed ; Pinello, Luca ; Skums, Pavel ; Stamatakis, Alexandros ; Attolini, Camille Stephan Otto ; Aparicio, Samuel ; Baaijens, Jasmijn ; Balvert, Marleen ; Barbanson, Buys de; Cappuccio, Antonio ; Corleone, Giacomo ; Dutilh, Bas E. ; Florescu, Maria ; Guryev, Victor ; Holmer, Rens ; Jahn, Katharina ; Lobo, Thamar Jessurun ; Keizer, Emma M. ; Khatri, Indu ; Kielbasa, Szymon M. ; Korbel, Jan O. ; Kozlov, Alexey M. ; Kuo, Tzu Hao ; Lelieveldt, Boudewijn P.F. ; Mandoiu, Ion I. ; Marioni, John C. ; Marschall, Tobias ; Mölder, Felix ; Niknejad, Amir ; Raczkowski, Lukasz ; Reinders, Marcel ; Ridder, Jeroen de; Saliba, Antoine Emmanuel ; Somarakis, Antonios ; Stegle, Oliver ; Theis, Fabian J. ; Yang, Huan ; Zelikovsky, Alex ; McHardy, Alice C. ; Raphael, Benjamin J. ; Shah, Sohrab P. ; Schönhuth, Alexander - \ 2020
    Genome Biology 21 (2020)1. - ISSN 1474-7596

    The recent boom in microfluidics and combinatorial indexing strategies, combined with low sequencing costs, has empowered single-cell sequencing technology. Thousands - or even millions - of cells analyzed in a single experiment amount to a data revolution in single-cell biology and pose unique data science problems. Here, we outline eleven challenges that will be central to bringing this emerging field of single-cell data science forward. For each challenge, we highlight motivating research questions, review prior work, and formulate open problems. This compendium is for established researchers, newcomers, and students alike, highlighting interesting and rewarding problems for the coming years.

    Diversity as the key to success? Urban and rural employment dynamics in the Netherlands
    Koster, Sierdjan ; Brouwer, Aleid E. ; Leeuwen, Eveline S. van - \ 2020
    Regional studies (2020). - ISSN 0034-3404
    diversity - employment - externalities - rural - urban

    This study addresses how diversity in the local sector structure is associated with employment development across different municipality types (urban, intermediate and rural). While this relationship has been studied primarily from an urban perspective, increasing economic diversity has gained traction as a policy tool, particularly in rural areas. Given the diverse roles of municipalities in the urban hierarchy, the analysis explicitly identifies the impact of other nearby local economies. It is found that nearby dense and diverse local economies are indeed important for employment growth for all three types of municipality. Diversity in a given municipality has no or even a negative relationship with growth.

    De ontwikkeling van klassenmanagement competenties van aanstaande leraren op de werkplek
    Adams, Tom ; Koster, Bob ; Brok, Perry den - \ 2019
    Towards a sustainable banana supply chain in Colombia : Rainforest Alliance Certification and economic, social and environment conditions on small-scale banana plantations in Magdalena, Colombia
    Beekman, G. ; Dekkers, M. ; Koster, T. - \ 2019
    Wageningen : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research report 2019-019) - ISBN 9789463435581 - 48
    Regimes de ordenação espacial no Brasil : A fusão de neoliberalismo, populismo de esquerda e visões modernistas na urbanização de favelas no Recife
    Nuijten, Monique ; Koster, Martijn ; Vries, Pieter de; Cabral, Augusto Antonio Campelo - \ 2018
    Caderno CRH 31 (2018)82. - ISSN 0103-4979 - p. 59 - 73.
    Favelas urbanization - Neoliberalism - Participation - Socialism - Urban space

    This article shows how regimes of spatial ordering are produced by the entangling of neoliberalism, leftist populism and modernist visions. It focuses on Prometrópole, a slum upgrading project in Recife. In this project, the neoliberal dimension manifests in the idea that the state, private companies and citizens together are responsible for (re)constructing urban space, and that beneficiaries are autonomous citizens, taking responsibility for their new living environment. The leftist political dimension is seen in participatory procedures to involve the residents in the project. The modernist aesthetics informs the project design with the requirement to use the new space according to the standards of “modern civilization”. As our research shows, such a regime of spatial ordering clashes with the livelihoods of the residents. Furthermore, the participatory procedures fail to grant them any real influence in creating their environment. Consequently, these residents drastically reconstruct their estate, reappropriating the urban space and contesting the regime imposed upon them.

    Towards sustainable cocoa in Côte d'Ivoire : The impacts and contribution of UTZ certification combined with services provided by companies
    Ingram, V. ; Rijn, F. van; Waarts, Y. ; Dekkers, M. ; Vos, B. de; Koster, T. ; Tanoh, R. ; Galo, A. - \ 2018
    Wageningen : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research rapport 2018-041) - ISBN 9789463437769 - 137
    Conservation Science and Practice Must Engage With the Realities of Complex Tropical Landscapes
    Boedhihartono, A.K. ; Bongers, F. ; Boot, R.G.A. ; Dijk, Jerry van; Jeans, Helen ; Kuijk, Marijke van; Koster, H. ; Reed, James ; Sayer, J. ; Sunderland, Terry ; Turnhout, E. ; Vianen, J. van; Zuidema, P.A. - \ 2018
    Tropical conservation science 11 (2018). - ISSN 1940-0829 - p. 1 - 7.
    There is a growing disconnect between the international conferences where grand solutions for tropical conservation are designed and the complex local realities in tropical landscapes where plans need to be implemented. Every tropical landscape is different and no “one size will fit all.” There is a tendency for global processes to prescribe simple generalized solutions that provide good sound bites that can be communicated with political actors and the media. Sustainable outcomes in tropical landscapes require locally adapted, unique approaches supported by long-term processes of learning and adaptation. Tropical biologists and conservationists can play a key role by establishing effective local–global links and by directly engaging in local policy discourses while remaining connected to evolving political imperatives
    WUR optimaliseert koudebalans in peren
    Hogeveen-van Echtelt, Esther ; Maas, M.P. van der - \ 2017
    vegIMPACT: Knowledge Transfer : Improving vegetable production by smallholder farmers in Indonesia
    Plaisier, C. ; Dijkxhoorn, Y. ; Medah, J. ; Dengerink, J. ; Koster, T. ; Hengsdijk, H. ; Koesveld, F. van - \ 2017
    The Hague : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research report 2017-115) - ISBN 9789463438162 - 71
    Rot groot probleem in Zuidwesten
    Tramper, Marcel ; Koster, Leendert - \ 2017
    Zeker 80% van de knollen gaat verrotten
    Koster, Leendert - \ 2017
    Towards a sustainable sugarcane industry in India : baseline results on Solidaridad’s programme: Increasing water use efficiency in sugarcane growing in India
    Plaisier, C. ; Rijn, F. van; Ende, H. van der; Koster, T. - \ 2017
    Den Haag : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research report 2017-051) - ISBN 9789463431965 - 109
    Wageningen Economic Research conducts a study to evaluate the socioeconomic impact on sugarcane farmers of the Solidaridad programme. A pipeline approach was used, which clusters the farmers in cohorts based on the year they receive support and training: 2016, 2017 and 2018. A baseline survey was conducted on 1,008 farmers from the command areas in April 2016. This report gives a representative and detailed description of the target group in 2016.
    Strong adherence to a healthy dietary pattern is associated with better semen quality, especially in men with poor semen quality
    Oostingh, Elsje C. ; Steegers-Theunissen, Régine P.M. ; Vries, Jeanne H.M. de; Laven, Joop S.E. ; Koster, Maria P.H. - \ 2017
    Fertility and Sterility 107 (2017)4. - ISSN 0015-0282 - p. 916 - 923.e2.
    Dietary pattern - Male subfertility - Semen analysis
    Objective: To study associations between periconceptional dietary patterns and semen quality parameters. Design: Prospective periconception cohort study. Setting: Tertiary hospital. Patient(s): One hundred and twenty-nine male partners of pregnant women who participated in the Rotterdam Periconception Cohort (Predict study). Intervention(s): None. Main Outcome Measure(s): Semen quality parameters-ejaculate volume, sperm concentration, total sperm count, progressive motility, immotile sperm, and total motile sperm count (TMSC). Result(s): Men included in our study were on average 35 (±6 standard deviation) years old and had a body mass index of 26.4 ± 4 kg/m2. Two dietary patterns were identified using principle component analysis, which were labeled as "healthy" and "unhealthy." An increase of one factor score (stated as β) represented an increase of 1 standard deviation. Sperm concentration (β = 0.278; 95% CI, 0.112-0.444), total sperm count (β = 1.369; 95% CI, 0.244-2.495), progressive motility (β = 4.305; 95% CI, 0.675-7.936), and TMSC (β = 0.319; 95% CI, 0.113-0.526) were all positively associated with a strong adherence to the healthy dietary pattern. Subgroup analysis showed that these associations were mainly present in men with a TMSC
    Familiarity, monotony, or variety : The role of flavor complexity in food intake
    Köster, E.P. ; Mojet, J. - \ 2016
    In: Flavor / Etiévant, P., Guichard, Elisabeth, Salles, Christian, Voilley, Andree, Woodhead Publishing (Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition ) - ISBN 9780081002957 - p. 277 - 291.
    Arousal motivation theory - Consumer insight - Food boredom - Implicit real-world methodology - Market introduction strategy - Perceived flavor complexity

    The perceived complexity of new food products plays a crucial role in their introduction to the market. Simple flavors and textures that have the advantage of being accepted at first sight quickly become boring, whereas complex new tastes are not immediately liked, but have to pass a phase of exploration before becoming liked for a much longer time. The mechanisms that govern these processes are discussed in the chapter, and ways are indicated that lead to the introduction of products with long-lasting success.

    Coproducing urban space: Rethinking the formal/informal dichotomy
    Koster, Martijn ; Nuijten, Monique - \ 2016
    Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 37 (2016)3. - ISSN 0129-7619 - p. 282 - 294.
    Providing an introduction to the special section ‘Close encounters: ethnographies of the coproduction of space by the urban poor’, this article sets out to argue that the image of ‘the informal’ as unruly, messy and dirty continues to inform urban planning around the world. As a reaction to this view, it contends that the informal and formal should be analysed as interconnected and that the informal sphere should be revalued. Urban development is studied as close encounters between established practices, with a locus and a history (tree-like), and newly emerging, unstable and untraceable practices (rhizomatic). Contrary to the tendency in urban planning to conflate the formal with the tree and the informal with the rhizome, we argue that from the perspective of marginal urbanites, formal planning tends to be very arbitrary and frightening (rhizomatic), whereas informal practices can be very predictable and stable (arboreal). The article analyses residents of marginalized urban areas as inventive navigators who explore the changing physical, spatial and sociopolitical environment, avoiding threats and looking for opportunities, grounded in their everyday practices and life histories. The article concludes that marginal urbanites should be acknowledged as coproducers of urban space and that the right to ‘coproduce’ the city lies at the heart of the call for the right to the city
    Flavor Memory
    Mojet, Jos ; Köster, Ep - \ 2016
    In: Multisensory Flavor Perception: From Fundamental Neuroscience Through to the Marketplace / Piqueras-Fiszman, Betina, Spence, Charles, Elsevier Inc. Academic Press (Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition 298) - ISBN 9780081003510 - p. 169 - 184.
    Ecologically relevant measurement - Flavor as a multisensory concept - Implicit versus explicit memory - Memory distortion - Novelty detection versus flavor recollection

    Odor, taste, texture, temperature, and pain all contribute to the perception and memory of food flavor. Flavor memory is also strongly linked to the situational aspects of previous encounters with the flavor, but does not depend on the precise recollection of its sensory features as in vision and audition. Rather, flavor memory is directed at novelty and change detection and thus effectively warns us of the possible dangers of new foods. It also plays a special role in evoking autobiographical memories and crossmodal visual images. In normal everyday life, flavor memory is mainly implicit and merely provides feelings of familiarity. Explicit flavor memory is used by experts and in gastronomic circles. Methods for studying normal implicit flavor memory are still insufficiently used.

    The emotional influence of flowers on social perception and memory : An exploratory study
    Mojet, J. ; Köster, E.P. ; Holthuysen, N.T.E. ; Veggel, R.J.F.M. Van; Wijk, R.A. De; Schepers, H.E. ; Vermeer, F. - \ 2016
    Food Quality and Preference 53 (2016). - ISSN 0950-3293 - p. 143 - 150.
    Emotive projection test - Incidental memory - People's perception of others

    Background Flowers are reported to have immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being, emotional reactions, mood, social behaviour and memory, but emotional effects have rarely been studied in more detail. Methods This study investigated the influences of flowers on emotional perception of others in healthy adults (n = 64), divided over 4 conditions (3 flower arrays and a flowerless control). The test included a projection test judging pictures of people. One week later memory regarding pictures in the projection test, roommates and the room they had been in, was tested. Results Flowers, positively affected peoples’ mood and their perception of others. With flowers, pictures of other people were judged more positively and less negatively than without flowers. Odorous flowers had a more negative effect. The people in the pictures seemed a bit more open, but clearly less friendly, more arrogant and more depressed under its influence. Furthermore, flowers had a positive influence on the remembrance of the room the participants had been in. Conclusion Flowers exert a more positive influence by their visual appearance than by their odour, and act more on people's feelings towards unknown others than on liking of the food they eat, whereas flowers have little impact on remembering eating situation aspects. Practical implication The use of flowers might perhaps be recommended for increasing relaxation and mutual understanding in public places (restaurants (non-odorous flowers), meeting rooms and waiting rooms).

    Fairtrade certification in the banana hired labour sector
    Rijn, F.C. van; Judge, L.O. ; Fort, Ricardo ; Koster, Tinka ; Waarts, Y.R. ; Ruben, R. - \ 2016
    Wageningen : LEI Wageningen UR (LEI report 2015-056) - ISBN 9789086157129 - 146
    bananas - plantations - fair trade - certification - international trade - hired labour - working conditions - ghana - dominican republic - colombia - bananen - beplantingen - fair trade - certificering - internationale handel - loonarbeiders - arbeidsomstandigheden - ghana - dominicaanse republiek - colombia
    Evidence is needed about the difference that certification makes to workers on banana plantations. The Fairtrade system is therefore investing in monitoring to understand the difference certification makes to banana workers’ employment, living and working conditions, and empowerment. This study meets this need by gathering data on a range of indicators. This study 1) gathers baseline data on indicators and themes that monitor the progress of implementation of Fairtrade’s revised hired labour standards on certified plantations in key banana origins; 2) based on this data it researches and analyses the difference that Fairtrade makes across key themes in comparison to non-certified contexts; it prioritises workers’ voices and perspectives in achieving the objectives of the study. It particularly focuses on understanding the role of Fairtrade in supporting worker empowerment and empowerment-related goals. Focus countries are Ghana, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
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