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News | 18/01/2021

Field beans in dairy cattle farming: toasting (for) success?

Field beans are an interesting alternative for imported soy in dairy production, but only if the beans are first heated. Those are the results from the ILVO-study within the EKOPTI project. Heating is required for good digestion and also helps in storage.

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Potential of protein transition by locally produced faba beans

Main research questionTo what extent are field beans a valuable and viable protein provider and soy substitute in dairy cattle rations? The MELKBOON project researches and demonstrates this for the dairy sector, in order to eventually achieve a reduced carbon footprint at farm level. Imported soy aggravates that footprint.

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Towards a sustainable and profitable soybean cultivation in Flanders

Main research questionIs it possible to introduce soybean production in Flanders in an economical and sustainable way? Flanders is highly dependent from import of soy from Latin America. This import is rising not only social and ecological questions, but the economic impact for the Flemish farmers is high due to volatile and high prices.

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Main research questionThe aim of this Grand Challenge project is to engage at least 1000 citizens and their gardens to help acquire native rhizobia from Flemish soils that are able to efficiently nodulate soybean. We wish to find local soilborne bacteria and funghi that are able to form nodules on soybean plants.

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