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Veterinary advice has proven its economic added value for farms and animal-based measuring systems

The economic added value of an animal-based measuring system can be increased by taking the economic value into account during the technical development phase. Veterinary advice can also have a positive influence. This type of animal health model where farmers pay for coaching is still difficult in ...

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Two thousand recreational fishermen account for 1% of the total catch

Last year, around 2000 recreational fishermen landed 213 tons of fishery products from the Belgian part of the North Sea. This represents only 1% of the total commercial and recreational supply. Combined, the sector represents direct expenditures of 5 million euros.

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Bio-engineers from Ghent develop biological control of fruit flies

Researchers from Ghent University and ILVO have developed a biological method to combat fruit flies that live on fresh fruit. This new method is harmless for other organisms: a first!


Interreg 2 Seas project BioBoost launched

Nine research partners from Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are working together to find new applications for the bio-economy for horticultural residues. In Flanders, ILVO, Inagro and Vives are participating. The project in question is called BioBoost. It runs for 3 years and began i...

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European organic greenhouses based on agro-ecological practices

EU research project Greenresilient, with ILVO and PCG as Belgian partners, starts in 8 European countries Greenhouse production is a highly intensive cropping system that guarantees out-of-season production in any climatic condition. In the recently launched 3-year CORE Organic Cofund ERA-NET proje...

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Multifunctional use of woody borders, grass strips and extensive grassland management

How do crop yield, ecosystem services and biodiversity influence each other? For the first time, the impact of woody borders, grass strips or nature-oriented grassland management has been studied in a global way. The combined effect on crop yield, biodiversity and several possible ecosystem service...

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Shrimp electropulse fishing: Study of possible side effects delivers reassuring results

The short electric pulses (“pulse”) used in shrimp electropulse fishing do not cause any malformations in either fish eggs or larvae. During the experiments, the eggs and larvae develop normally. Only minimal losses were observed in the young life stages of some fish larvae. A certain ...

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Independent digital comparison tool helps pig farmers to choose the right boar line

For the first time, Flemish pig farmers are able to consult ‘consumer reports’ on boar sperm. themselves. ILVO has now launched an interactive tool to offer more transparency and autonomy to farmers when choosing the right boar line. “The new tool shows, in a quick and interactive...

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Global conference at ILVO provides clarification about patents on plants

ILVO hosts about 100 international representatives from the ornamental and fruit breeding sector at the annual CIOPORA conference After years of uncertainty and discussions about what can or cannot be patented in the plant world, the European Patent Office (EPO) has now provided clarification. Pla...

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From ideally monitored heifer calf into a fitter, more productive and more efficient cow?

ILVO starts a new VLAIO research project called ‘JongLeven’ (Young life) In dairy farming, a young heifer must - in theory and if everything goes well - not only be fit and mature at 24 months, but also calve for first time. In practice, this goal is not always achieved. Every extra mon...

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