PEER Locations

SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland) DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark) EC JRC - European Commission, Joint Research Centre IRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France) CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom) Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany) CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research peer

Research Facility

The members of PEER run major research facilities, some of them unique. Please find below an overview of the facilties which are open to interested researchers.

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De Sinderhoeve

Centre running the infrastructure:

  • Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)

Type of facility:

  • Research platforms
  • Experimental facilities

Major research issues/sites:

Effects of lambda-cyhalothrin in two ditch mesocosms systems of different trophic status. Roessink et al (2005) Env. Tox. and Chem. 24(7): 1684-1696. The impact of a benzoyl urea insecticide on aquatic macroinvertebrates in ditch mesocosms with and without non-sprayed sections. Brock et al. (2009) Env. Tox. and Chem. 28(10): 2191-2205. Effects of invasive freshwater crayfish on aquatic macrophytes and water quality. Roessink et al. (2010) Alterra report 2052. Effects of different types of fertilizers on grass quality and production. Ongoing project. Impact of artificial lighting on nocturnal moths and butterflies. Ongoing project. Impact of different types of Varroa control on bee fitness and survival. Ongoing project. Black carbon application to reduce PAH toxicity of contaminated sediments. Ongoing project.

Short technical description:

The facility comprises a total area of 11 ha. containing experimental ditches, ponds, microcosms, lysiemeters, and approximately 7 ha. of arable land/natural grass land. The facility can operate under the requirements of Good Laboratory Practise and can rely on the analytical support of the GLP certified residue laboratory of the Environmental Risk Assessment team of Alterra.

Specific features/uniqueness:

De Sinderhoeve contains a large number and variety of test systems suitable for a large scale of research questions ranging from aquatic fate, (in)vertebrates, and plants to comparable questions in the terrestrial environment. In addition, the space available is such that for specific research requirements also new systems can be constructed.

Scientific areas:

  • Geoinformation
  • Environment and Health
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Fragile Environments
  • Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks
  • Water

Options and conditions for visiting scientists:

Available for external parties, applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Unit cost of use and principles of costing:

Conditions for use will be determined on case-by-case basis and will depend for instance on the type of project (e.g., in house/external/PhD/commercial), research requirements, and type of cooperation desired.