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News | 04/04/2019

Gut health in pigs: new research and service platform

Gut health in pigs: new research and service platform

Gut health research in pigs provides a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of zootechnical performance, health, and nitrogen emissions.

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Intestinal health

Nutritionally balanced and functional food can contribute to good gut health, which supports overall health. ILVO's expertise in nutrition and digestive physiology is applied to specific target groups and to pigs as a model in order to investigate the link between nutrition, the gut and health under controlled conditions.

The food - gut - health triangle What we eat affects our entire metabolism. Nutrition provides building blocks for growth and a balanced diet is essential for good health. Links between nutrition and health are being reported almost daily, yet there so much we don't know.

Intestinal health

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Soil health

Healthy soils are as important to life on earth as clean air and water. Healthy soils not only lead to healthy and productive crops, they also provide numerous additional ecosystem services such as climate regulation, richer below- and above-ground biodiversity, better water management, etc.

What is soil health? Een gezonde bodem heeft het vermogen om te functioneren als een levend ecosysteem en planten, dieren en mensen in stand te houden.

Soil health

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Plant health

The ILVO plant health experts working in the accredited Diagnostic Centre for Plants focus every day on the detection and identification of plant pathogenic diseases and pests. This is necessary because healthy plants are essential for our food supply. The FAO estimates that up to 40% of the world’s food crops are lost due to diseases and pests.

Plant health

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