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The little termite

Startup Challenge

Niels Kerstes (WUR Biology 2008) has written and digitally illustrated a children’s book called Ietje Termietje. It is about the lifecycle of a termite colony and is suitable for children aged up to seven. As a student, Kerstes studied termites that cultivate fungi in South Africa and his story is inspired by that field work. Termites are social insects and the role they will play in the colony is not fixed at birth. In the book, Kerstes follows the career of Ietje, a little termite who eventually becomes queen. Since obtaining a doctorate in evolutionary ecology in Zurich, Switzerland, Kerstes has been combining biology with creativity in an effort to introduce new audiences to biological phenomena. The book, which is in Dutch, can be ordered via his website:

In the FoodNexus Startup Challenge, the companies Seamore and Cereson were chosen as the two best Dutch startups in the food and agriculture sector in 2017. Cereson has developed an automatic asparagus harvesting machine while Seamore develops and sells seaweed products. One alumnus is involved in Seamore: Carel Callenbach (WUR Economics of Agriculture and the Environment 1993) is director of R&D and Quality Affairs. 400 companies from all over Europe took part in this competition for startups in the food industry and in agriculture. In addition to the two Dutch companies, 13 other companies from eight different countries were nominated for the European final in December. The two Dutch companies have received support from StartLife in Wageningen. StartLife wants to encourage entrepreneurship in the food and agriculture sector and is in turn part supported by WUR. The Startup Challenge jury assessed the teams, how scalable the innovation is and its impact on our food system.


KLV announcement We’ve given the KLV pages a new look, with an emphasis on our members. Who are those active and committed alumni who make up the KLV network? After all, these are the people who make the network what it is, and keep it lively. We also draw your attention to a few events. You can always find more extensive information on our website. And of course, as a member you also receive the KLV update and newsletter. Would you like to feature in Wageningen World as a KLV member with a passion in life? Send an email to



For your diary: VWI 27 januari 2018: VWI New Year drinks party. Join us for a chat about our network. Workshop 23 maart 2018: YOUNG KLV workshop on Scientific English. 100 years 23 juni 2018: World Wide Wageningen Day, including KLV activities. NVTL AgEng 2018 Wageningen: conference run by the Dutch Society of Agricultural

Engineers (NVTL) and WUR. KLV Wageningen Alumni Network is the active and thriving alumni network of Wageningen University. The network has more than 8500 members.

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