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ILVO Variety List for Maize, 2018

The ILVO variety list is now fully digitized and available at Per crop, the website gives the most relevant crop information, the variety list and the list of growers and distributors. For 2018, 10 new silage maize varieties and 5 new grain maize varietie...

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Study “Intensive animal farming and the health of those living in the surroundings” performed for the Province of West Flanders (Belgium)

There is currently no scientific evidence that living close to an intensive animal farm in Flanders could pose a health risk. A large number of the studied theoretical health risks specifically for humans living or working around these farms are not present or could not be proven. For a number of ri...

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Predicting fertilizer spread patterns: now faster and more precise

Doctoral research immediately transferred into new, specialized ILVO service provision Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) has launched a new, specialized service to predict where fertilizer grains will land on the field. Equipment manufacturers, farmers and field...

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ILVO named coordinator of the independent testing for boars in Flanders pig farming

At the end of 2017, the pig and pork organizations reached an agreement about independent testing for Belgian boars.

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Improved performance of chemical and biological air scrubbers in pig barns achieved after simple adjustments

For the last 10 years, Flanders has required farmers to install a low-emissions system in all newly-built conventional (non-organic) pig and poultry housing. In her doctoral research (Ghent University/ILVO) about the efficiency of ammonia reduction in the currently-available chemical and organic air...

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A value chain for maize straw in the bio-economy: why Flanders can’t (yet) do what Canada can

In Flanders, a potential 120,000 tons of maize straw could be removed from the field as raw material for the bio-economy. But who is going to organize it? And is that even possible? According to ILVO-Ghent University doctoral researcher Anouk Mertens, a value chain for Flemish maize straw is indeed ...

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Optimal delivery of meat pigs

On 19 December Frederik Leen defended his doctoral thesis entitled Pig delivery weight optimization: revitalizing an old paradigm? Promotors of the PhD were Prof. Dr. Ludwig Lauwers (ILVO-Ghent University), and Dr. Ir. Jef Van Meensel and Dr. Sam Millet of ILVO.

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Safe-to-eat, perfectly pink and perfectly cooked brown shrimp thanks to an optimized cooking process

On 7 December 2017 Thomas Verhaeghe defended his doctoral thesis: “Optimisation of the cooking process of brown shrimp (Crangon crangon)”. Promotors are Prof. Dr. ir. Marc Hendrickx of KU Leuven, and Dr. ir. Geertrui Vlaemynck and Dr. Jan De Block of ILVO.


Enerpedia project extended

Attention, farmers and growers! The decade of energy advice for the agri- and horticulture sector ENERPEDIA will stay active in 2018 and beyond.


Jarinda Viaene wins the Phytofar prize of 2017

Brussels, 28 November 2017 – Belgian researchers win the Phytofar Instituut Prizes for Sustainable Agriculture with an innovation platform for computer models in horticulture, a web application for crop protection and optimal valorization of waste streams for composting.

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