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Maarten Soetaert recently completed his doctoral research on electrical fishing

Electric pulse fishing versus the traditional beam trawl. A study on damage to fish and other marine animals gives reassuring results. Damaging effects of electrical pulses on fish and invertebrates are either completely absent or limited, depending the species in question and the strength of the p...

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Dietary zinc supplementation in piglets can prevent claw problems. For sows, (soft) flooring is more important to prevent lameness.

Zinc is good for (finger)nails and this seems to be true for piglets too, according to recent doctoral research by Miriam van Riet. For grown sows, however, adding zinc to their feed had little or no effect, however; in that study, the choice of flooring (bare concrete vs. rubber) appeared to be mor...

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‘The food chain becomes sustainable’ transformation project is off and running! Companies get subsidies for concrete sustainability innovations

Several partners in the food chain are now putting the results of a transformation project into action. In the last two years, farmers’ associations (Boerenbond, ABS) and other Flemish food-related organizations (Fevia, Bemefa, Unizo en Comeos) have laid the foundations for the transformation ...

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Belgian fisheries protects sharks and rays via identification key

In 2014 a shark species (dogfish) was chosen as Fish of the Year, but it was often confused with a similar-looking threatened species. Now, a user-friendly identification key and maps for each of the 30 species of sharks and rays in the North Sea will help fishers to distinguish threatened species a...

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Time is ripe for integrated aquaculture in Flanders and in the North Sea

On December 9, 2015, the annual Flemish Aquaculture symposium will take place in Ostend, Belgium. Business owners will tell their stories about how to start an aquaculture firm in Flanders. Concluding remarks come from Annie Cool, Fisheries Advisor for Flemish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and ...


Choice for chicken, pork or beef depends on the occasion

Flemish consumers give higher-than-average scores for quality and taste of pork, beef and chicken meat. These results come from an online consumer survey of ILVO, with 435 respondents. The aim was to measure the perception of the three most important types of meat produced by Flemish farmers. A simi...

03.12.2015 - News
ILVO showcases drone research at the “Smart Farming” island at AGRIBEX (8-12 december, 2015) together with other Agrolink Flanders partners
The ILVO drone and multispectral camera are used first for research on grasslands and potato fields in the iSense project.


ILVO researcher Maarten De Bie wins Life Sciences Award

The winner of the “Award Biowetenschappen” (Life Sciences Award) for academic year 2013-2014 is ILVO researcher Maarten De Bie, for his research on the potential of short-rotation coppice (SRC) and for his planting of a SRC field.


Photos of fish and invertebrates collected on posters for scientific project in Suriname

An ILVO researcher will soon finish a doctoral study on the sustainability of the marine ecosystem in Suriname. Part of this project is a photographic collection of the exotic fish and invertebrates. The pictures are shown on two attractive scientific posters.

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Massive number of hitchhiking bacteria on pangasius imported from Vietnam

The frozen imported pangasius fish from Vietnam can harbor large numbers of bacteria. This was revealed during research at Ghent University’s Faculty of Bio-engineering Sciences and ILVO. The microbiological quality of the fish was under investigation.

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