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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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Automatic detection system for lameness in cows: study of potential added value, technical performance and profitability

On 29 November 2017 Tim Van De Gucht defended his doctoral study on “ User centric design of automatic lameness detection in dairy cattle”. Promotors were Prof. Dr. ir. Wouter Saeys van de KU Leuven en Prof. Dr. ir. Ludwig Lauwers of Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheri...

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2018, Year of Data in Agriculture

Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister of Environment, Nature and Farming, has placed the emphasis on data in farming in 2018.

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Broilers use their free-range area better when willows are planted

This results in more tender meat and an additional source of income from wood production.

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From 360 to 500 eggs per hen?

Layers can keep laying eggs much longer with the right feed, management and choice of genetics. Split feeding, where older hens get the right combination of fine and coarse limestone at certain times of day, can combat a decline in eggshell quality. “The egg production per hen can be increased...

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ILVO presents promising first results on growing soy in Flanders (Belgium)

ILVO has new results from crop husbandry and agro-economic research on soy in Flanders. The results will be presented at a (filmed) symposium to close the IWT-LA research project on 23 November 2017 at ILVO in Melle, Belgium. This project has encouraged innovative farmers to sow and harvest 30 ha co...

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