frontiers of knowledge

Continually expanding the frontiers of knowledge is vital, including by documenting plant and animal species and the relationships between them over millions of years of evolution. Over 120 scientists at Naturalis are constantly working towards this aim. We develop new technologies that allow researchers to identify and monitor species much faster. In doing so, we make a major contribution to the fundamental knowledge that is crucial to preserving biodiversity.

Planten en schimmels

from Naturalis

Het Amazonewoud

Symbiosis as the basis of the forest

Nature publication predicts 10% decrease of biomass in forests if CO2 emissions continue unabated In and around the tangled roots of the forest floor, fungi and bacteria grow with trees, exchanging nutrients for carbon in a vast, global marketplace.…
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and Master

Academic education

We offer Bachelor and Master courses at Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. 


Student projects

Academisch onderwijs
Nederlandse paddestoelen

we offer


Naturalis laboratories

The Naturalis laboratories offer a wide range of opportunities to perform biological or geological scientific analyses. A group of 8 research technicians with specialist knowledge annually support 80 students, 60 internal research projects, 10PhDs, 40…
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Saffier uit Sri Lanka

Nederlands Edelsteen Laboratorium

Iedereen met vragen over de aard van edelstenen (echt, synthetisch, imitatie), hun herkomst en eventuele behandeling, kan terecht bij het Nederlands Edelsteen Laboratorium. Ook testen wij hier diamanten op hun kwaliteit en verzorgen we internationaal…
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Online access
to our collection and collection data

Catalogue of Life 
One worldwide name list of all animals, plants and fungi that have been described by scientists.
Are you  a species specialist working to make taxonomic knowledge and type information available online? Please consider the software-as-a-service package Linnaeus.
As a researcher or collection manager, you can quickly browse the Naturalis digital collection.
Netherlands Biodiversity API/Data Services
For software developers or bio-computer scientists, we built an API to provide access the digital collection information from Naturalis.

Bio Portal