Items with tag "agriculture"

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Fighting plant diseases with the smell of freshly mown grass

Bioengineers at Ghent University have managed to protect wheat and rice from diseases by using substances made by plants themselves that spread the scent of freshly mown grass. Freshly mown gr…

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Aphea.Bio aims at leading position in next generation agricultural biologicals

Aphea.Bio focusses on plant-bacterial interactions for the development of biopesticides and biostimulants based on naturally occurring microorganisms.

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KWS and Bayer grant first license for herbicide-tolerant sugarbeet to SESVanderHave

KWS SAAT SE and Bayer AG have given access to a long-term license for their new CONVISO®SMART cultivation system for sugarbeet to the Belgian sugarbeet seed breeding company SESVanderHave. The tec…

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Ghent University raises its profile in precision agriculture

On 15 March Ghent University officially launched a prestigious research project on precision agriculture, led by the Syrian-Belgian top scientist Abdul Mouazen.

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New type of cod can be cultured in Belgium!

Researchers from the University College Odisee, campus Waas in Sint-Niklaas, managed to grow a cod species that is suitable for cultivation in Belgium. This should enable local cod farmers to more…

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Algae from urine to grow tomatoes in space

Tomatoes grown on algae have more flavor than conventionally grown tomatoes. Ghent University developed this as a new way to recycle fertilizers, an international first. As much as 86 percent …

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Competition “1001 ideas – save biodiversity”

Our ways of life and of consumption have an enormous impact on biodiversity all over the planet. The Museum of Natural Sciences therefore challenges everyone to come up with original ideas to prot…

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Results disputed potato field trial finally published

The stacking of genes is necessary for a strong and lasting resistance to Phytophthora blight. These are the scientific results of the potato field trials in Flanders and the Netherlands. Rese…

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KeyGene opens the world’s first independent fully automated greenhouse to produce improved crops

KeyGene together with WPS, a Dutch company providing smart logistics systems for plant growers, recently opened a digital plant phenotyping facility to support breeders in the development of the n…

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Sabine Sagaert to lead Cargill's malt division globally

US agricultural and food giant Cargill has appointed Sabine Sagaert as head of its malt division worldwide. Up till now, Sagaert has been responsible for the malt division in Europe.  Starting on …

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Insights

Inari’s agricultural revolution hits Europe with a new site in Ghent

Inari’s agricultural revolution hits Europe with a new site in Ghent

Inari, a U.S. company revolutionizing agricultural R&D, have just opened up their first overseas office in Ghent, Belgium. Partnering with Belgian life sciences and agriculture institutes VIB and …

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Can weeds be programmed to exterminate themselves?

Can weeds be programmed to exterminate themselves?

Walking through a forest on a breezy September day, the very air seems to crackle with colour and life. The irony is, of course, that as you walk through trees with golden, crimson leaves, the vas…

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Big data, big produce – Trends in agri-biotech

Big data, big produce – Trends in agri-biotech

In the last few decades, with the introduction of GMOs, the agricultural industry was turned upside down. Major consolidations between companies took place, while sustainability and big data have …

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Politicians should consider the consequences of not deploying GM technology

Politicians should consider the consequences of not deploying GM technology

Genetic modification (GM) technology can offer solutions so that farmers can more efficiently grow crops with less environmental impact. Despite many GM crops being developed in Europe, none of th…

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DuPont Pioneer’s next generation of waxy corn shows the green side of CRISPR-Cas9

DuPont Pioneer’s next generation of waxy corn shows the green side of CRISPR-Cas9

CRISPR-Cas9 is making its way into the agricultural sector. Agricultural heavyweight DuPont Pioneer is clearly taking the lead in bringing the technology into plant breeding: about a year ago, the…

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Folate-rich rice to combat vitamin deficiency

Folate-rich rice to combat vitamin deficiency

I was published in Nature Certain biological functions require essential nutrients; these are molecules that the body cannot produce itself and must be taken up through the diet. Folate is one…

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People doubt science: a case-study on GMOs

People doubt science: a case-study on GMOs

Why do people doubt science?   This billion-dollar question was recently tweeted by Robert F Fraley, Monsanto’s vice president and chief technology officer. Accompanying the tweet was…

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Soy, a new crop for Belgian farmers

Soy, a new crop for Belgian farmers

Native to East Asia, soy (Glycine max) is one of the world’s oldest cultivated plants. Soybeans are an important source of complete protein, containing significant amounts of essential amino acids…

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VC Views

How Aphea.Bio managed to gather the funds to transcend from academia to industry

How Aphea.Bio managed to gather the funds to transcend from academia to industry

Aphea.Bio is an agriculture startup, originating from the VIB and flourishing underneath the wings of V-Bio Ventures. Steven Vandenabeele (CTO at Aphea.Bio and previously working at BASF-CropDesig…

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