ILVO Newsletter April 2017

Spring is here! ILVO tractors are on the field, seeds are ready to sow, and calves, piglets and chicks are greeting the world, well-cared for by ILVO staff. Inside, lab research is going full-blast, international networks are being formed, and high-quality scientific publications are being written. Read all about it in this Newsletter!

Hot of the press

Comparison of milk replaced based on skimmed milk powder or whey protein concentrate on the health and performances of Double muscled Belgian Blue calves.

calveAn ILVO trial with Belgian Blue calves demonstrated that milk replacer based on whey protein concentrate can be a good and cheaper alternative for milk replacer containing 50% skimmed milk powder.

Zinc and copper increases at the Belgian continental shelf: linked to antifouling?

harborMonitoring dredged spoil disposal sites at the Belgian Continental Shelf revealed local increases of copper and zinc concentrations. The increase in 2004-2014 is possibly caused by the use of heavy metals in antifouling paints which are used to counteract the growth of subaquatic organisms on boats, ships and marine constructions. Additional research at the harbors of Nieuwpoort and Ostend revealed major differences between the harbors, related to differences in environmental measures taken at boat-and shipyards.

“Misplaced” antibiotics in pig feed. Impact of cross-contamination of feed supplemented with antibiotics on bacterial resistance

pigThe risk of cross-contamination of antibiotics is real. Feed can become contaminated at the feed mill, during transport or on the farm. The CrossContam study, performed by ILVO, Ghent University and CODA upon assignment by the Belgian Service for Public Health, Safety of the Food Chain and the Environment, studied the impact of low doses of antibiotics, due to cross-contamiation, on the bacterial resistance. During this study, stricter measures have been approved regarding production and administration of medicinal feeds.

Pulse fishing for shrimp: good results, continued refinement

pulse fishing for shrimpThe efficiency of the shrimp pulse has been reconfirmed by the results of catch comparisons on the O 82, with 15% more consumption shrimp. A reduction of by-catch appears to be strongly dependent on the number of bobbins on the bobbin rope.

Syrian nematodes in cereal fields. Accurate identification and quantification of molecular techniques and screening for resistance in wheat.

Syrian nematodes in cereal fieldsRapid detection of various types of cereal parasitizing nematodes in Syria and a leap forward in breeding for resistant wheat are the results of the investigation of ILVO - Ghent University student Fateh Toumi. He developed a molecular method to quickly and accurately identify and quantify nematodes. Moreover, he searched and found resistance characteristics of new genetic material of wheat.

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Sustainability in pork production with immunocastration

male pigletAlthough immunocastration of young male piglets appears to be a promising alternative to surgical castration, a large-scale implementation stays out. Through the SusAn project, European partners want to figure out how the production of immunocastrates can be economically viable and socially acceptable.

Food from Food: food ingredients from vegetable waste streams

leekBaked goods with leek fibers? Pasta sauce with color from carrots? In the Food from Food project, ILVO and partners will distill natural ingredients from vegetable and fruit waste. This will both combat waste and increase the value of leftover vegetal components.

Beef in the dryer? Quality criteria for ‘dry-aged’ beef

Beef in the dryer?What is the sensorial added value of 'dry-aged' beef? What about the microbiological safety of it? What are the ideal process conditions to be able to bring a high qualitative and safe endproduct on the market? Researchers of the OPTIDRYBEEF consortium are exploring it.

Strange bedfellows? Tracking and following invasive alien species in Belgium.

invasive alien speciesFollow-up of biological invasions using open data and open source software? Quick and automatic detection of new alien species? The entire alien species register for Belgium in one place? The recently approved BRAIN project TrIAS makes this all possible.

Safe meat? Strategies to control pathogens and use of indicator bacteria in the fresh meat production chain.

safe meat?Better control of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in fresh meat production chain is the goal of the newly launched project SAFEMEAT. ILVO, Ghent University, KU Leuven, Flanders' Food and a consortium of companies joined forces to draw up action and management plans, determine hygiene measures, adapt production processes, optimize cleaning and disinfection methods and carry out adjustments on a scientific basis to reduce the pathogen pressure in the meat cold chain.

More sustainable food in Europe: SUSFOOD2 stimulates and synergizes international food research

susfood 2A more sustainable European food chain through research. That is the goal of the former European "SUSFOOD" network that will continue in the ILVO-led network, SUSFOOD2. Sustainable food research will be supportedzvia joint funding, activities, valorisation initatives, and intensive sharing of research results to stakeholders.