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Joris Relaes is new president of the agricultural platform Agrolink Vlaanderen. "An even tighter focus on working together."

Joris Relaes, Administrator-General of ILVO, has been appointed chairman of Agrolink Flanders. He succeeds Nadine Buys, former dean of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at KU Leuven. Anne-Rose Gustin becomes the new coordinator and is responsible for the daily operations. Agrolink Flanders is a ...

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Fourteen doctorates around stress in laying hens: Europe is aiming for an ambitious combination of better productivity and animal welfare.

16 European research centers, including ILVO, are launching a large-scale investigation over the next 4 years to map out the fundamental and more practical causes and consequences of stress in laying hens throughout their lives. The starting point is the EU ban on laying batteries in 2012, which has...

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Persistent soil compaction under arable fields and grasslands: a quest for viable and effective solutions

Problem plots sought for multi-year field trials Compaction of agricultural soils is not only increasing but is also a complex problem. ILVO, Inagro, the Soil Service of Belgium (BDB) and Ghent University are going to investigate in the next 4 years how soil compaction can be remedied sustainably ...

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ILVO expands compost site and points to potential of compost: "15% more yield compared to other soil improvers."

ILVO has completed a new construction: Part Two of the compost site. It is a covered storage area with compartments for starting material and for finished compost. "This second and last construction phase of the compost site which represented an investment of more than €500,000", says Evy De Vl...

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Making F1 hybrids more efficient in chicory: a stepping stone to higher inulin production

An improved technique for the production of parent lines for so-called F1 hybrids of industrial chicory can contribute to chicory roots with an estimated 20% more inulin. This is the most striking result of the ILVO-UGent doctoral research conducted by Jeroen Van der Veken. The greatest success was ...

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ILVO strengthens contacts with PERU: Memorandum of Understanding with INIA - Peru signed

ILVO and its Peruvian counterpart INIA – Peru have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that enables scientific cooperation and exchange, effective immediately. The ambassador for Peru in our country, and also the permanent representative to the EU Gonzalo Gutierres, attended the officia...

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New campus for VLIZ and ILVO on east coast of Oostende

BRUSSELS, 8 July 2019 – Ministers Muyters and Van den Heuvel today signed the construction project for the new building which will coincide with the VLIZ (Flemish Institute for the Sea) and the Ostend branch of the ILVO (Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) on the e...

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Smart crop protection in potato and fruit cultivation thanks to Flemish technology

Smart cameras on drones or tractors can detect plant diseases in agricultural crops. For instance, farmers will be able to detect and treat local disease outbreaks on their fields according to the principle of precision farming, leading to better crop protection. The new Industry 4.0 experimental fa...

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LCA (life cycle analysis) in agricultural context? Improved methodology now includes indicators for soil quality and ecosystem services.

Adjustments in the LCA methodology will lead to better and more comprehensive evaluation of the environmental sustainability of agriculture and of food products. By working out measurable indicators for the complex concepts of 'restoring soil quality' and by taking 'ecosystem services' into account,...

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Brown shrimps in the North Sea are doing just fine

There are many scientific data on the North Sea fish stocks. Specifically for brown shrimps, the time series show no downward trend. Hans Polet, science director at ILVO (Flemish Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Nutrition Research): “The recent statement in the media that 5 times less...

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