Goal The machines that are currently available for slicing endives still require the outer endive leaves to be removed manually. In addition, inserting the endive heads into the machine is a very strenuous task for the operator.
Each year the “mechanization of chicory unit” of PVBC (Programma Voorlichting Biet Cichorei) selects an aspect of the chicory harvesting process that they want to optimize that year. We consult all stakeholders from the chicory cultivation and processing industry to do this.
Main research questionThe aim of the SENTINEL project was to build a Belgian network of botanic gardens and arboreta (BG&A) and diagnostic phytosanitary laboratories, for the survey and detection of (emerging) pests and diseases.
Belgian network and activities in the frame of the International Plant Sentinel Network (Euphresco-IPSN2): BePSN