ILVO’s laboratory for plant, soil and substrates (Crop Husbandry and Environment research area) has expertise in the chemical analysis of plant material, mineral soil, potting soil and soil improvers.
Plant, Soil and Substrates
ILVO’s laboratory for plant, soil and substrates (Crop Husbandry and Environment research area) is a BELAC-accreditated laboratory for plant analysis and soil analysis.
Diagnostic Centre for Plants
The Diagnostic Centre for Plants (DCP) detects and identifies organisms harmful to plants. The DCP has expertise with bacteria, fungi, viruses, nematodes, insects and mites.
Flow cytometry is used for the analysis of ploidy level and genome size at ILVO. These measurements are mainly used to determine the ploidy level after propagation in seed propagated crops, after mitotic polyploidisation, for the characterisation of parent plants and offspring plants of interploidy crosses in a breeding programme, etc.
In the course of performing assignments for the Government of Flanders, UPOV, ISF and CIOPORA, ILVO has developed expertise in genetic identification of plants and plant varieties using molecular markers. These techniques can be used to determine whether a variety is true-to-type, its parentage, the genetic purity and its homogeneity. The analysis can be performed on any sample of plant material. During each analysis, one must account for the nature of the crop (self-pollinating or cross-pollinating) and the various variety concepts in breeding.