VIB and ILVO lead the development of this regional platform consisting of phenotyping under controlled conditions and in the field, with a research focus on drought/salinity adaptation of crops in the frame of climate change.
This project therefore posed an essential question with a phytosanitary impact: what can be done in the introduction of unprecedented/new diseases when these crops are grown in the vicinity of the ' traditional ' commercial crops?
Main research questionHow can arable farmers, poultry farmers and the local animal feed industry in Flanders work with crops mixed with legumes, as an alternative source of protein for poultry? This question is answered in a chain perspective, within the OPTIPLUIM project. The aim is to look at cultivation, processing and use.
Optimal cultivation of protein crops for poultry feeding
Main research questionWhiteflies such as Trialeurodes vaporariorum and Bemisia tabaci are devastating, cosmopolitan pests on greenhouse crops such as tomato or cucumber and cause annual yield losses of more than 1 billion euro worldwide.
Assessing the risk of whitefly transmitted viruses for Belgian crops