ILVO Newsletter April 2020

In the starting blocks

An app for lameness? Innovative tools to support claw care for dairy cattle.

lamenessDetecting claw problems in dairy cows through the development of an affordable intelligent smartphone app? That's the goal of project CLAWCARE. UGent, ILVO, Inagro, Hooibeekhoeve and HoGent rely on mobile heat cameras for this purpose and develop a corresponding self-learning image processing algorithm.







The new fight against worms in organic laying hens

laying hensILVO, within the framework of the project PREBEBIOLEG, is looking for alternative methods to prevent and control worm infections in organic laying hens. By combining scientific knowledge with practical experience, the aim is to provide organic laying-hen farmers with clear tools to deal with this problem.



Fishing vessel as data platform: the VISTools project

fishing vesselWhich fish, and how many, are already in the hold? Which fishing tows yielded the most? And how much fuel have we already used? Fishermen and scientists use automated sensor technology to work on accessible, informative tools for fishermen, both on board and online.




Clover takes root. Variation in root properties within and between leguminous forage crops depending on nitrogen conditions.

cloverILVO will investigate the rooting of different cultivars of lucerne and red clover: rooting is essential for a good establishment of these legumes and for their competitive capacity. The ultimate goal is to develop improved mixtures of forage grasses and legumes.




Chitin in the mix? The effect of chitin as a substrate additive on the plant, on the microbial soil community and on the pathogenic bacterium Salmonella.

chitin in the mix?Can the natural substance chitin have a beneficial effect in a soil substrate for the cultivation of leafy vegetables, especially as a natural growth inhibitor of Salmonella? This research question is posed in the project ChitinOMix, in the framework of the sustainable improvement of food safety of raw consumed vegetables.



Striking results

Viruses in cherries. Little Cherry disease complex further unravelled on a European scale.

cherriesCherry Complete and partial genome sequences provide better diagnosis and control of, awareness of, and improved international policy on Little Cherry disease. This disease can be caused by two viruses, and can cause cherry trees to produce extremely small and sour fruits.



Plant toxins in food supplements: new methods of analysis available

food supplementsImproved knowledge about and analysis methodologies for various plant toxins in food supplements? That’s the outcome of project ANAPLANTOX. Both are necessary for producers of food supplements as well as for the competent authorities (control, legislation) in the framework of food safety.




Livestock farming in natural grassland: compensation for nature management and/or label for natural meat needed to meet costs

natural grasslandUsing herb-rich grasslands in nature reserves as a source of feed for cattle seems very logical, but it is not economically viable, according to the results of the AgroMeatsNature Operational Group. In reality, the costs for plot management by the farmer are often higher than expected, and in Flanders these are not (yet) compensated by compensation for nature management.


The power of a network: solutions for problems among dairy farmers throughout Europe

network dairy farmersAccessible scientific information and wide dissemination of solutions at farm level in European dairy farming, which is the result of the European project Eurodairy that ended in 2019. All technical information and inspiration will continue to be available to dairy farmers via the website.


In the spotlight

Boxwood moth is declining in Flanders. Environmentally friendly control is perfectly feasible, but good timing is crucial

boxwood mothGood news for lovers of green gardens: bare bushes are a thing of the past. The box moth will probably never disappear, but for the first time since its arrival, the pest pressure is decreasing. Damaged plants also appear to be recovering well and pest control is perfectly achievable, provided timely action is taken. In April, this means good pruning and weekly visual inspection of the plants.



A brand new ILVO Annual Report - and you’re the first to read it

Activity report 2019For the first time we present a chapter on PROTEIN DIVERSIFICATION and many CLIMATE topics, but also some striking projects and results from 2019, such as the PSYCHOLOGICAL WELFARE of farmers in Flanders and LUXURIOUS HOUSES a hidden driver of urbanization in rural areas.




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