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Second Open Energy Day at 22 agriculture farms and centers shows how surprising innovations work in practice
A slaughterhouse cooled with a solar panel, energy savings by combining dehumidification with heat recovery in a greenhouse, an on-farm fermenter that uses cow manure to produce energy, LED lighting that is not just a matter of economical production of greenhouse vegetables…
See the video how carrot puree is dried on the Dry-On-Water machine of the ILVO Food Pilot
This technique was successfully involved in the EU project NOSHAN with the goal to valorize side streams of vegetables into feed. The result is an optimal retention of bioactives, color and flavor and the production of a valuable ingredient.
ILVO press release
Coordinated scientific advice from 21 countries about a broader European policy on urban agriculture
If Europe wishes to roll out a policy on urban agriculture, it should become a policy with connections to 5 large European policy areas. If this phenomenon is only embedded within agriculture, it will be less strong. Urban agriculture is greater than one sector alone, it appears, and it is possible ...
ILVO researcher Sieglinde Debruyne wins award for best presentation
On 5th January during the "National Symposium for Applied Biological Sciences" in Antwerp, ILVO researcher Sieglinde Debruyne won the award for best presentation in the Agriculture category!
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ILVO-KU Leuven doctoral defense "Precision animal husbandry: sensors keep an eye on welfare, health and production in pigs"
Jarissa Maselyne recently defended her doctoral thesis “Automatic monitoring of the eating and drinking patterns of pigs: towards a warning system for productivity, health and welfare problems in individual pigs.
Complementary partners VIB and ILVO join forces
Strategic alliance between basic and applied research will accelerate breakthroughs in agriculture and the agrifood chain
On 15 January 2016, the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) and the Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research (ILVO) signed a strategic collaboration agreement. Th...
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...
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...
‘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 ...
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...