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
This project therefore poses 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?
Phytosanitary risks of newly introduced crops
The ultimate goal is to reduce the dependence of the EU and China on protein imports.
Breeding of forage and grain legumes to increase protein self-sufficiency in the EU and China
Main research questionThe main objective of the EKOPTI project (Optimizing Protein and Cow) is to refine the protein in cattle feed so the protein can be used more efficiently.
OPTImizing Protein Nutrition in cattle to tackle the N- and P-excretions to the environment in an economical way
Main research questionThe aim of the LEGCOMBIO project is to investigate how a single parcel of agricultural land can be used more efficiently and sustainably through the thoughtful combination of perennial crops for the production of food, wood and/or biomass with a free-range for (organic) poultry.
Creating added value in organic agriculture through sustainable combinations of crops and free range for poultry
synthetic PPPs and assess plant and pathogen resistance mechanisms for successful disease control, (3) Enhance and develop innovative precision spraying technologies, (4) Test and evaluate the proposed new IPM elements under field conditions, (5) Assess health, environmental and socioeconomic impacts and risks of the proposed IPM system.Three sample crops
OPTimised Integrated Pest Management for precise detection and control of plant diseases in perennial crops and open-field vegetables
ILVO IS COMMITTED TO:
Healthy crops: Diseases and pests
The health of plants is mostly determined by the presence or absence of harmful organisms, but also through the sensitivity and defense capabilities of the plants.
The agri-food system of the future must be both ecologically and socio-economically resilient and it must supply healthy food crops and food products. The most sustainable production is achieved by striving for optimal plant, animal and soil health. That is ILVO's goal.
The BELAC-accredited physico-chemical lab for mineral soils, potting soil, soil improvers and crops performs chemical analyses on plant material, mineral soils, potting soil and soil improvers.
The lab is also certified by Flanders Government for soil analyses as set out in the fertilizer regulations.