ILVO Newsletter February 2019

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Thematic network on reuse of nitrogen and phosphorus

Agrolink VlaanderenEuropeObtaining products, products and practices for recycling nitrogen and phosphorus to farmers? That is the aim of the European project NUTRIMAN. This approach stimulates the circular economy and guarantees efficient use by farmers, both from an economic and environmental point of view.
NutrimanNutriman is a project that was realised under the Agrolink Vlaanderen partnership.




Prevent and remediate soil compaction

soil compactionILVO, Inagro, Soil Service of Belgium (BDB) and Ghent University have joined forces to seek ways to prevent and remediate soil compaction in agriculture. Through field trials and cooperation with farmers, contract workers, machine manufacturers and tire manufacturers, they are seeking efficient and feasible solutions.

Detecting spoilage enzymes in raw milk

milkA first step towards the development of a quick and simple method for checking raw milk for heat-resistant decay enzymes has been developed in the PROMILK project. During refrigerated storage of raw milk, before the processing process, Pseudomonas can develop bacteria that produce heat-resistant enzymes with negative effects on the taste and stability of UHT products.

Toward a higher return through the responsible extension of the laying period

eggsThe LEGLANGER project aims to provide laying hen holders with ways to extend the laying period of hens in a responsible manner. By maintaining the hen longer - until the age of 100 weeks- sustainability and profitability on laying farms can increase significantly. Bottlenecks such as reduced egg shell and bone quality, animal health and welfare must be addressed.

Striking results

How do we get agroforestry off the ground in Flanders?

AgroforestryThere is a lot of potential in agroforestry. Nevertheless, the agricultural sector in Flanders is cautious. In her doctoral thesis, Lieve Borremans exposes which barriers have to be eliminated and how we can stimulate the upscaling of forestry. Would a Green Deal perhaps provide solace?

One rotten apple... The fungus Penicillium expansum and the mycotoxin patulin in apples and derived products

rotte appelAdding vitamin C to cloudy apple juice increases the breakdown of the mycotoxin patulin, as demonstrated by a recently completed project by ILVO and the French INRA. This study focused on the influence of external factors on the growth of the patulin-producing fungus Penicillium expansum and on the production of patulin. The stability of patulin during processing and storage of cloudy apple juice was also investigated.

In the spotlight

ILVO goes full-out for the Sustainable Development Goals

SDG ILVOIn 2017 ILVO decided to take the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs as an overarching framework to keep its operations and social ambitions sharp. The SDGs are registered as an important driver of the research in ILVO's vision text.

ILVO, HOGENT and TRIAS join forces with Peruvian farmers and researchers around potato TUNTAs

potato TUNTAILVO, HOGENT and TRIAS guide a local Peruvian agricultural cooperative and university to optimize the semi-industrial production of their traditional “tuntas” - white freeze-dried potatoes that play an important role in the daily diet of the local population.
Due to climate change, the potato farmers in Kishuara (Peru) are forced to move production from the plateaus in the Andes to a small tunta factory. But the final quality of these new tuntas is not equal to that of the traditional ones. During the 2-year North-South VLIRUOS project OPTITUNTA, ILVO and Ghent University use their expertise to solve the bottlenecks in the production process. The development cooperation organization TRIAS facilitates.

The Innovation Support Center and ILVO are looking for examples of cooperation in agriculture, nutrition and rural development

LIAISONEU Rural Innovation Contest launched by LIAISON - registration is possible until 15 March 2019
Wanted: initiatives from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in which farmers, researchers, consultants, entrepreneurs, civil society organizations etc. join forces to implement an innovative idea effectively in practice.
Are you or have you recently been involved in such an initiative? Then register before 15 March 2019 at the EU Rural Innovation Contest of the European project LIAISON. A jury of experts selects from all the entries 15 Rural Innovation Ambassadors who will be honored in the autumn of 2019 during a prestigious award show in Brussels. They also receive a video and personalized promo material to give more publicity to their project and will play a role in the further course of LIAISON.

Landing obligation (‘discard ban’) in the EU fisheries will have beneficial effect in the long term in case of correct application, says research.

BookSince 1 January 2019, the so-called landing obligation has been implemented in all European fisheries, after 4 years of a phased roll-out. According to more than 100 marine scientists, including specialists from ILVO, this landing obligation is indeed able to achieve its goal, namely that the fishery resources are systematically healthier. "In the long term, the measure does not have to lead to very heavy additional costs for the fishing industry, on the very important condition that everyone will adhere to the new rules correctly." In the monitoring of compliance, the researchers currently see important weaknesses.

ILVO's Diagnostic Centre for Plants is the first European reference laboratory (EURL) in the nematode and bacteria disciplines

ILVO's diagnostic centre for plantsIn addition to the National Reference Laboratory (NRL), the Diagnostic Centre for Plants of Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is now also one of the first European reference laboratories for harmful bacteria and nematodes on plants. The aim is to align the methodology for accurate and rapid detection of diseases and pests. The ILVO employees will, among other things, issue guidelines to the plant health labs in the EU about what and how best to test from now on.
The appointment is in accordance with the new European plant health legislation that the Member States must implement starting at the end of 2019. European reference laboratories have already been appointed for food and animal health, but this is new for plant health. From now on, the European Commission will focus more on plant health and the phytosanitary health of the agri-food chain.