Soy is hot. This crop is regularly used in animal feed in Flanders and consumers are also increasingly looking for protein alternatives in the form of soy drinks, puddings, and burgers. But the impact of soy imports on our environment is also a trending topic.
Soy is a subtropical, annual, leguminous plant. The beans of the plant are made up of almost 20% oil and a little less than 80% dry matter, of which about half are proteins. Worldwide, it is one of the most important crops, with South America and the USA as the largest producers.
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Colruyt Group and partners pioneer organic soy growing in Belgium
ILVO and partners have started an innovative production concept for locally-grown organic soy.
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New digital 3D growth model soy now more powerful with water availability factor added
For the first time, the 'water availability' factor has been added to the factor of photosynthesis in a digital 3D plant model for soy growth.
Main research questionThe aim of this Grand Challenge project is to engage at least 1000 citizens and their gardens to help acquire native rhizobia from Flemish soils that are able to efficiently nodulate soybean. We wish to find local soilborne bacteria and funghi that are able to form nodules on soybean plants.
We analyze the sustainability of leguminous crops as an alternative to soy.Relevance/ValorizationThe protein fraction in the feed ration of laying hens and broilers currently often consists of soy. Legumes are in theory a locally available alternative.
Main research questionEUCLEG is an EU Horizon2020 project, in which breeding strategies for soybean, pea, faba bean, red clover and alfalfa are developed in collaboration with 37 research institutes and companies from EU and China. The ultimate goal is to reduce the dependence of the EU and China on protein imports.
Contact: Isabel Taverniers
ILVO can detect food allergens of vegetable origin (soy, nuts, mustard, etc.) and animal origin (milk, eggs, fish and shellfish) in a variety of samples, a PCR based method (polymerase chain reaction) and/or an ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) based method are used.
Zie voor meer informatie de publicatie Strategies to reduce reliance on soya bean meal and palm kernel meal in livestock nutrition. bron: Journal of Applied Animal Nutrition, 06/08/2020
We illustrated the use of spectrometers and hyperspectral cameras for determining (pork) meat quality and the use of hyper- and multispectral cameras for sorting beans and estimating the composition of soybeans. Webinar: “AI in Agri-food” In this webinar we talked about the application of Artificial Intelligence for digital image processing.