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High-tech applications for climate-neutral greenhouse horticulture
The INTERREG project Glitch aims to introduce more high-tech into greenhouse horticulture by intervening in the innovation process itself
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In-depth knowledge of soil pathogens in greenhouse soil offers opportunities for IPM
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Main research questionENERGLIK wants to show how climate-neutral greenhouse farming and economically profitable greenhouse farming can track together. The challenge for this sector is no small one: The climate objectives aim for a 44% reduction in energy consumption by 2030.
Low carbon and energy efficient innovations for more climate neutral greenhouse horticulture
After all, enteric emissions in Flanders should be reduced by 19% by 2030 compared to 2005 (Flemish Climate Plan).Research approachIn a first phase, we looked for adapted and validated measuring techniques, because it is not easy to correctly determine the digestive gases of cows on the pasture.
Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) technologies to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from grazing cattle.
Main research questionHow can we properly and efficiently monitor, report and verify changes in carbon stocks in European soils (and in woody biomass), as well as greenhouse gas emissions from soils?
Developing and testing a framework for the design of harmonized, context-specific Monitoring, Reporting and Verification systems for soil Carbon and greenhouse gas balances by Agricultural activities
How much methane, a greenhouse gas, do different types of cattle produce exactly under different circumstances in Flanders? Which technologies can measure this accurately? And how can we use these technologies to evaluate new and existing methane reduction techniques?
Main research questionThe Interreg 2 Seas project Horti-BlueC puts together the puzzle pieces of various useful organic waste streams to create better and more sustainable growing substrates in greenhouses. The specific goal is to make the substrates for strawberry and tomato in greenhouses more sustainable.
Continuous emissions measurement at the local level
ILVO’s Environmental Engineering research team has more than 10 years of experience in measuring emissions (ammonia, dust, greenhouse gases, odor) from stables. Commissioned by the Flemish government, the team sets up measurement campaigns to determine emission factors from livestock houses.
These emissions form a significant part of total greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and help determine the climate impact of meat and dairy farming.
Greenhouse gases: a question of balance
Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are natural greenhouse gases. They play an important role in the quality of life on our planet by naturally retaining some of the solar energy in the atmosphere that lands on the earth.
They share an impressive infrastructure:
Specialized research infrastructure
> 200 ha trial fields, including +/- 6 ha for organic cultivation50 ha organic trial fields and an agro-ecological trial platform> 15,000m² experimental greenhouses and climate chambers for research, including for quarantine organisms> 20,000m² experimental animal