News | 04/08/2018
That's how to make grass drought-resistant
Due to the ongoing drought, there is a need for drought-resistant grass as feed for the livestock sector. ILVO is developing grass that is drought-resistant through breeding.
Main research questionWith climate change, we are experiencing more and more periods of drought, a water shortage increasingly earlier in the summer, and heavier precipitation in the fall and winter. These longer periods of drought will result in significant yield losses.
Development of novel breeding technology for improved root system, drought tolerance and sustainable plant productions
News | 14/05/2020
VIB field trial with maize variety to investigate drought tolerance in practice
VIB researchers led by Dr Hilde Nelissen and Prof Dirk Inzé are starting a field trial today with a maize variety that is better adapted to drought conditions.
Climate change means that we are increasingly faced with drought during the growing season, including in Flanders. This requires a systematic approach to water in agriculture, in which the use of drought-tolerant crops plays an important role.
Less drought-resistant grass
In nature, drought resistance in nature is often linked to lower productivity
There are countless possibilities for a plant to adapt to drought, but very often drought tolerance is linked to lower productivity.
Drought tolerant crops
Main research questionPersistent droughts from 2017 to 2021 have made it clear that Flanders is insufficiently prepared for water scarcity and droughts. The TURQUOISE project aims at a proactive approach, based on ecosystem functioning, to increase water availability.
The goals is to make the use of more persistent and drought-tolerant grasses (tall fescue, perennial ryegrass and Festulolium), whether or not in combination with clover, more feasible and to incorporate these in Flemish dairy rations.
Main research questionThe aim of the project is to limit the risks of drought, salinization and flooding in the Oudland Polder by means of a coordinated and adapted water and land management, which at the same time takes into account the diverse land uses within the polder.
form of drainage can be both socially and agriculturally profitable, and effective in the short term.Research approachA breakthrough can be achieved by further building on, combining and implementing the knowledge that has been amassed internationally and regionally in recent years around CD, with an emphasis on the added value in the fight against drought
In dry periods, roots can't reach down far enough to the deeper soil levels and therefore cannot access existing water, causing drought stress. This can influence crop nutrient and water uptake, all of which result in depressed crop yield.
substrateSpray technologyNational Reference Laboratory (NRL)
GMOAllergensToxins and residues of veterinary medicinesPlant parasitic organisms - (NRL en EURL)And highly specific, sometimes unique equipment
Specialized devices for measuring odor, particulate matter and gases in and around animal housing (CO2, N2O, CH4, NH3)"Rainout shelters" for stuyding drought