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Artificial light disturbs the biological clock of animals – a report of BioClock research in the Volkskrant (national newspaper)

February 12, 2024
Dr. Ir. Kamiel Spoelstra

Kamiel Spoelstra, BioClock researchers, explains in a large interview how artificial light affects the environment. Especially bats, his expertise, are largely affected by streetlights and building lighting. He explains that certain species may flourish in extra lighting but many species are disturbed by it. Together this reduces the diversity of bat species and biodiversity in general. Less bats leads to changes in the population of nocturnal moths as they are their source of food. This further affects the pollination of plants etcetera.

“How artificial light influences ecosystems, is one of the questions of BioClock”, Spoelstra says. Read the full article here, in Dutch.

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The BioClock Consortium is funded by the NWA-ORC programme of the Dutch Research Council (NWO; project number 1292.19.077).