In-depth knowledge of soil pathogens in greenhouse soil offers opportunities for IPM
In the intensive greenhouse cultivation of butterhead lettuce, the correct identification of soil pathogens and newly acquired insights into their potential to damage crops can help the lettuce plants to grow well but with fewer chemical treatments
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 look 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 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.
These emissions form a significant part of total greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and help determine the climate impact of meat and dairy farming.
Greenhousegases: a question of balance
Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are natural greenhousegases. 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
all parties, reads:
"…that Flanders plays a leading role in the field of climate-efficient agricultural and horticultural production; (...) that the know-how of the Flemish agricultural and horticulture sector regarding the global climate problem is further developed to obtain climate-efficient agricultural and horticultural products, with lower greenhouse