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10.11.2016

Farm composting comes a step closer to reality after doctoral study reveals hopeful test cases

More than three-fourths of farmers in Flanders know that homemade compost would work to improve the quality of their soil. But the investment required (compost turner, concrete pad), the know-how, the legal restrictions and problems with availability of the required ingredients (such as a shortage o...
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27.10.2016

Nematodes in Moroccan grain fields: detection and identification of the nematoes and resistance screening of wheat varieties benefits nematode management

On 26 October 2016 Fouad Mokrini defended his doctoral research titled "Root-lesion and cyst nematodes in cereal fields in Morocco: species identification, population diversity and crop resistance”. Promotors were Prof. Luc Tirry (Ghent University) and Prof. Nicole Viaene and Prof. Maurice Moe...
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26.10.2016

Good news for vegetable cultivation: risk of spread of pospiviroids via weeds and insects appears to be very limited.

Prevention is best done via disinfection and hygiene. Noémi Van Bogaert recently defended her doctoral research entitled "Viroid-insect-plant interactions in view of transmission routes”. Promotors are Prof. Guy Smagghe of Ghent University and Dr. Kris De Jonghe of ILVO. Pathogenic po...
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27.09.2016

Claw problems and lameness of gestating sows can be dramatically improved by changes in flooring and management

Better mobility and fewer claw lesions in gestating sows can be achieved by improving the environment and management. These are the results of a long-term doctoral study performed by Emilie-Julie Bos, MSc. At ILVO and Ghent University, with promotors Dominiek Maes (Ghent University) and Frank Tuytte...
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27.09.2016

Analysis methods developed for pathogenic “non-O157 STEC” E. coli bacteria in food

Good news for food safety. Reliable detection and precise identification of additional E. coli bacteria in food is now possible thanks to the doctoral work of Bavo Verhaegen. Verhaegen has worked on the so-called non-0157 STEC, a group of E. coli bacteria that are hard to detect in food due to a la...
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