Partner 01: Wageningen University

Partner description

Wageningen University, part of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), is the only university in the Netherlands that specifically focuses on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. WU works closely together with governments and the business community. Wageningen University's researchers are active around the globe, and the university hosts over 12,000 students from over 100 countries and employs around 2,500 staff.

WU’s mission is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Both WU's research and education are highly acclaimed. In 2018 students ranked Wageningen University as the best university in the Reference Guide for Higher Education in the Netherlands for the fourteenth year in a row. Involved in the project are WUs Department of Environmental Sciences, chair group Soil Physics & Land Management (SLM) and chair group Resource Ecology (REG), and WUs Department of Plant Sciences, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and Department of Animal Sciences, Host-Microbe Interactomics group.


Role in the project

WU will be the coordinator and main responsible for the project. WU will be involved in all 9 work packages (WP): WP1& WP2 (as the responsible of the Dutch Case Study Site, CSS9-
Groningen), WP3 (task 3.2 - on the improvement of FOCUS exposure models, and task 3.4 on the Validation of exposure estimates), WP4 (task 4.1 & task 4.4 - on the assessment of the effects of PPPs’ mixtures on terrestrial non-target organisms and their functions, and on animal health, respectively), WP5 (tasks 5.1-5.3 - on the toolbox development and health impact assessment), WP6 (task 6.3 - ex-ante assessment), and WP7 (task 7.2 & 7.3 - on transition paths towards more sustainable plant production), WP8 (task 8.1 & 8.4 - on the creation of the project website and of the data management plan, respectively) and WP9 (all tasks- project coordination and management).

Involved personnel

01 Geissen 

Prof. dr Violette Geissen - Overall project coordinator
She is a personal professor in Soil Physics and Land Management group with >20 years of experience in soil sciences and agronomy. She has published around 100 articles in international scientific journals. Other relevant experiences include the coordination of large international projects, such as EU-projects CariWatNet and CASCADE.

01 Ritsema

Prof. dr. Ritsema - Deputy project coordinator
He is chair holder of the Soil Physics and Land Management group with >30 years of experience in fundamental and applied research in the area of land, soil and hydrology interactions, and in coordinating large (inter)national multidisciplinary research projects (last decades successfully coordinated 14 EU-funded projects) and programs.

01 Vera

Ms. da Graca Silva MSc is PhD student in the Soil Physics and Land Management group with expertise in soil chemistry, ecotoxicology and risk assessment. She has been working in distribution of pesticideresidues in European soils.

 About the author Dr. Harkes is Researcher at the Soil Physics and Land Management group with expertise in the area of soil microbiology and micro-ecology in natural- and agricultural soils. Special interest in sustainable soil management practices and the effect on soil life. Ample experience in developing tools to extract soil micro-organismal DNA and RNA.
01 Lwanga Dr. Lwanga is Senior Researcher, with more than 15 years of experience on soil ecology, focusing on soil health assessment in natural and managed areas.
01 Wells Dr. Wells is Full Professor and Chair of Host-Microbe Interactomics (HMI). He is an inventor on 19 patent applications. He has ample experience in managing complex, multi-partner R&D projects and has participated in 4 European projects.
01 Langevelde Prof. van Langevelde Associate Professor and interim chair of the Resource Ecology group with expertise on animal ecology, plant-animal interaction and mathematical modelling.
01 Langevelde Dirk Goossens organises the collection (and partial analysis) of pesticide-contaminated particles and quantifies their emission, airborne transportation, and deposition.
01 Langevelde Ing. Tamás Salánki  is a zoological analyst in the Soil Biology group. His background is in chemistry and biochemistry and he is involved in various research and education themes related to soil ecology. Specialized in the identification of nematodes, enchytraeids and earthworms.
01 Langevelde

Dr. Sara Bonetti  is an assistant professor at the Soil Physics and Land Management Group. Her research focuses on the quantitative description of the complex dynamics characterizing a wide array of land surface processes. Specific research areas include soil-plant processes, landscape evolution and soil erosion, soil physical modelling, and environmental sustainability.

dennis Dennis Knuth, MSc will work as a PhD candidate on the SPRINT project at the Soil Physics and Land Management Group. His experties lies within the field of environmental chemistry and toxicology and he will be focussing on the relation of PPP's and the effect on the soil-plant microbiome. 
 01 Henry Erin Henry, MSc is a PhD candidate within the SPRINT project, working at the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Group. Her reserach will focuss on the effect of pesticides on insect diversity in different types of farms and the effects of pesticide mixtures on honeybees and bumblebees in small-scale experiments.