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Nitrogen

The element nitrogen (N) is ubiquitous: 78% of the atmosphere is composed of nitrogen gas (N2) and it is a building block of all life on earth. No wonder it is an essential element in plant fertilizer...

Nitrogen and climate

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Soil: carbon sequestration

...he application of compost and farmyard manure should be done judiciously to limit additional nitrogen and phosphorus leaching. Compost. This one is a mix of farmyard manure, green waste fro...

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Alternatives to castration of piglets

... of intact boars compared to barrows. Ecologically, intact boars are also the best choice, as their nitrogen and phosphorus emissions and carbon footprint are lower than those of barrows. Moreover,...

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Soil improvement with organic fertilizers

...as mowing fertilizer. Wood chips can also be applied directly to cropland, but often a problem with nitrogen fixation occurs, resulting in possible nitrogen deficiencies for the crop. Clippings wil...

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The Nitrogen Reduction Plan (PAS)

...onia), traffic and industry. In Flanders, this problem is addressed by the Programmatic Approach to Nitrogen (PAS). More information on PAS can be found at www.natura2000.vlaanderen.be. The imp...

News | 28/09/2022

Broilers that grow just as well but emit less nitrogen

The best nitrogen-reducing measure is source-oriented. That was the basic premise of the doctoral study performed by Madri Brink (ILVO-UGent- Proefbedrijf Pluimveehouderij). Her trials with broiler ch...

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Sustainability in pork production with immunocastration

...able ecological alternative compared to keeping surgically castrated male piglets, both in terms of nitrogen and phosphorus emissions and in terms of CO2 emissions. This better ecological performan...

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Optimal cultivation of protein crops for poultry feeding

...ions between three elements: feed composition, quality of eggs and chicken meat, and the effects on nitrogen excretion in the animals. We analyze the sustainability of leguminous crops as an altern...

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Building a local chickpea processing chain

...diversification, reducing pesticides and fertilizers, as chickpea is a leguminous crop that can fix nitrogen. KIKET aims for an inclusive business model with open and transparent pricing throughout...

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RAMBO

...vance/ValorizationAmmonia emissions related to livestock farming make up a significant share of nitrogen emissions. In the coming years, pig and poultry farmers will be imposed very strict emis...

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