The aim of this project is to develop a series of additional SmartDots modules, particularly on maturity determinations of fish and for counts and measurements of fish eggs and larvae. Until now, the SmartDots platform has mainly been used for quality assurance around fish age assessment.
However, there is a possibility that due to adaptations of European Legislation, a minimum of 48 hours after treating with flubendazole is needed as time frame to sell these eggs as biological ones. This will affect the income of the farmers.
This research aims to increase our empirical knowledge about the behaviour and welfare of poultry, production performance and system profitability, innovative agricultural systems (combining free-range with plant/crop production), landscape management, environmental impact, and food safety (such as heavy metals and dioxins in eggs).
Both sources can be produced locally and provide an alternative to soy.Relevance/ValorizationFeed manufacturers and organic egg farmers are looking for potential raw materials to meet the new requirements.
Contact: Isabel Taverniers
ILVO can detect food allergens of vegetable origin (soy, nuts, mustard, etc.) and animal origin (milk, eggs, fish and shellfish) in a variety of samples, a PCR based method (polymerase chain reaction) and/or an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) based method are used.
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