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05.07.2019

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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02.07.2019

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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21.06.2019

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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21.06.2019

Improved methodology for detection of antibiotic residues in milk and meat

ILVO and Ghent University have set up an analytical method for antibiotic residues in milk and meat matrices that are faster, cheaper, and at least as easy and reliable than what already exists. In his doctoral study on the subject, ILVO researcher Geert Van Royen achieved remarkable results mainly ...
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18.06.2019

ILVO and RBINS-OD nature inventories of macro-and micro-plastics in the Belgian fishing areas and on the beaches

The research partners of the EMFF-FIVA *-research project MarinePlastics have started a study that accurately maps how much and what types of plastic are found on the Belgian fishing grounds. It involves both larger pieces of waste (macro-plastics larger than 5 mm) and minuscule plastic particles (m...
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