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New $13.8 million project aims to boost banana production in Uganda and Tanzania

New $13.8 million project aims to boost banana production in Uganda and Tanzania

Millions of smallholder banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are set to benefit from a new $13.8 million project to develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties. The effort is being funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Rony Swennen, a professor at KU Leuven and head of banana breeding at IITA, is leading the project.

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World first: UZ Leuven cardiologists place cardiac valve in infant via catheter through the liver

World first: UZ Leuven cardiologists place cardiac valve in infant via catheter through the liver

Paediatric cardiologists at University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven) have successfully placed a new cardiac valve in a one-year-old via a catheter. Because infants’ blood vessels are too small to transport the cardiac valve to the heart, the cardiologists used an alternative route: the liver. This is the first time access through the liver has been used to place a new valve.

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Why fruit flies love beer

Why fruit flies love beer

Yeast cells in beer hitch ride with fruit flies to find new food sources

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Researchers recreate Belgian beer recovered from 19th-century shipwreck

Researchers recreate Belgian beer recovered from 19th-century shipwreck

Scientists at KU Leuven, Campus Ghent, have successfully recreated beer recovered in 2010 from a nineteenth-century shipwreck off the coast of Finland. A Finnish brewery now plans to market the brew worldwide.

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Origins of HIV pandemic traced to Kinshasa

Origins of HIV pandemic traced to Kinshasa

The HIV pandemic with us today is almost certain to have begun its global spread from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a new study.

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Photo report: Staff celebration with an intergalactic twist

Photo report: Staff celebration with an intergalactic twist

A varied programme and perfect weather made for a wonderful edition of the university’s Staff Celebration on 28 September in heart of Leuven.

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KU Leuven’s campuses in Kortrijk, Ostend and Bruges open academic year

KU Leuven’s campuses in Kortrijk, Ostend and Bruges open academic year

Opening ceremony's theme, 'Rethinking remembrance', commemorates WWI, marks founding of Kulak in 1954 and celebrates one year of close collaboration between Kulak, Technology Campus Oostend and Campus Bruges

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“The Great War was a bloody nose for the US”

“The Great War was a bloody nose for the US”

Yale University historian Jay Winter receives honorary doctorate at Campus Kortrijk opening ceremony

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KU Leuven welcomes delegations from Stellenbosch and Cardiff

KU Leuven solidified ties with Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and Cardiff University (Wales) in the margins of the official opening of the academic year on 22 September. Delegations from both universities were on hand for the opening ceremony, the theme of which was ‘going beyond boundaries’.

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Honorary doctorate for top Chinese economist Justin Yifu Lin

Honorary doctorate for top Chinese economist Justin Yifu Lin

On Monday, 8 September, Vlerick Business School and KU Leuven jointly conferred an honorary doctorate on Professor Justin Yifu Linn on the occasion of the official opening of Vlerick’s academic year. Professor Lin is one of China’s foremost economists and is the former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank.

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Archaeological discovery sheds new light on Roman food culture

Archaeological discovery sheds new light on Roman food culture

Somewhere around 200 AD, a group of people sat down to a meal together in the ancient Roman city of Sagalassos, in today’s southwest Turkey. After the meal, the tables – still strewn with dishware and leftovers – were hastily tipped over and abandoned. Now the team of KU Leuven archaeologists that unearthed the mysterious scene are trying to piece together what happened.

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United Nations Security Council visits Leuven

United Nations Security Council visits Leuven

Dignitaries visit University Library and discuss prevention of armed conflict in post-WWI world

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Students build drone for transporting packages

Students build drone for transporting packages

Meet VertiKUL, a student-designed prototype at the cutting edge of delivery drone technology

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