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Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute

Uppsalalaan 12

The first female professor in the Netherlands — You are standing in front of the Johanna Westerdijk Iinstitute. Thanks to her fascination for plants, she became the first Dutch female professor specialising in plant pathology.

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You may have heard of her for her work on fungi, the elm or for being the first female professor, but possibly also for her many popular sayings. Over one hundred years ago, Johanna Westerdijk wrote history, first as a woman, but also for her remarkable research which is still relevant today.

Special thanks to Patricia Faasse.

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