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25.04.2017

Natural ventilation in dairy barns is not easy to model.

Accurate measurements of ventilation flow rate still require large amounts of time and money. On Friday 21 April 2017 Gerlinde De Vogeleer defended her doctoral study, “Reduced measuring strategies to assess ventilation rates in naturally ventilated animal houses”. Promotors were Prof. ...
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10.04.2017

Making feed conversion on Flemish pig farms drop again

A challenge for ILVO and Ghent University researchers together with the farmers. Pig feed accounts for 50-70% of the cost of fattening meat pigs. For the farmers, the question is how to produce the maximum number of kilos of pig with the minimum amount of feed. This calculation becomes even more im...
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16.03.2017

Higher seed production in maize: new gene discovered

Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) and Ghent University have found a gene that greatly improves the seed production and growth of maize plants. Research on crop yield is important in light of the increase in severe weather patterns that affect food production. The results of laboratory resea...
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08.03.2017

Cold tolerant miscanthus delivers more biomass

Some miscanthus genotypes can handle cold weather in spring. This delivers a longer growing season and potentially more biomass, according to a study done by ILVO and Ghent University.
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03.03.2017

Microplastics also in sea salt

Sea salt, particularly artisan gourmet sea salt produced in the Mediterranean Sea, can contain tiny pieces of plastic. A study of the Federal Agency for Public Health, Safety of the Food Chain and the Environment, together with ILVO, revealed this new information. The presence of microplastics in fo...
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