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European study confirms Flemish research results: less antibiotic use on pig farms is possible without affecting farm profitability

Antibiotic use may be cut in half on pig farms with no loss of production or profit, as shown on French, German, Swedish and Belgian closed pig farms where farmers were given specific coaching. This is the conclusion of an economic study performed by ILVO and Ghent University using results of the Eu...

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How can we accelerate the transition from a fossil economy to a bio-economy? A new organization system for targeted innovation

“The bio-economy is to the 21st century what the fossil economy was for the 20th century.” That was the message in 2001, but 15 years later the bio-economy is still underdeveloped. “To realize the transition to a bio-economy, we will have to work on it from all possible angles,&rdq...


Rural sociology from Flanders to Poland

On 23-27 July the biannual congress of the European Society for Rural Sociology (ESRS) will take place in Krakow. Researchers from all corners of Europe will dive into “Inequal processes of rural change: on diversity, knowledge and justice.” ILVO’s Joost Dessein is the chair of the...

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High-value applications for tomato waste and roots of Belgian endive

New technologies and knowledge about the composition of waste streams prepares the path for a circular economy in practice. New doctoral research was recently published on “Characterization and processing of horticultural byproducts: a case study of tomato and Belgian endive roots” by L...

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The creation of the plastisphere: bacteria at sea colonize the new world of plastic waste

On May 23, 2017 Caroline De Tender has defended her doctoral thesis: “Microbial community analysis in soil (rhizosphere) and the marine (plastisphere) environment in function of plant health and biofilm formation”. Promotors are Prof. Peter Dawyndt of Ghent University and Dr. Martine Mae...

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The bacterial community around plant roots can be managed for better plant growth and healthier plants

On May 23, 2017 Caroline De Tender defended her doctoral thesis: “ Microbial community analysis in soil (rhizosphere) and the marine (plastisphere) environment in function of plant health and biofilm formation”. Promotors are Prof. Peter Dawyndt of Ghent University and Dr. Martine Maes a...

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Kick-off and press conference: North Sea Aquaculture

Mussels, seaweed, oysters and scallops from our own North Sea? Flemish sustainable aquaculture gears up with two integrated trial projects.


Maize and its minions: an underground collusion

From poetic cherry blossoms to a forest full of bluebells, plants can fascinate and move us. Most of the time, however, we only get interested in the aboveground plant parts, while the unseen parts are at least as fascinating. ILVO/VIB-UGent researcher Stien Beirinckx and her colleagues explain why.

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Leaf spot disease in plants of the calla lily family (Araceae)

Fundamendal knowledge about the family tree of the disease agents and their specialization in certain host plants lead to more targeted detection and treatment Containment of this disease has been given a boost from Elena Constantin’s ILVO-Ghent University doctoral research. The results will ...


Seashells as potentially useful waste stream

European project “Blueshell” seeks bio-active ingredients in shells of mussels, crabs and shrimp We only consume 30% of shellfish and crustaceans – the shells just end up in the trash. A shame, because this waste contains useful proteins, fats and other components. These can be us...

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