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Degeneration diseases of fruit trees caused by viruses, viroïdes or phytoplasms, are transmitted during the vegetative multiplication of initial material (wood for the different varieties and stock). The reduction of the impact of these diseases requires the installation of a multiplication chain based on healthy initial plants.In this context, the Farming Systems Section stores, controls and multiplies initial material free of known virus (Virus...
In addition to the equipment necessary for the potatoes cooking (cooker, deep fat fryer, etc.), the laboratory uses more specific equipments such as :
The reference method for the determination of ‘in vivo’ digestibility is based on digestibility trial on animals. Along the test, the animal (small ruminant) stay standstill in a metabolism crate. During the trial period, ingested and excreted nutrients are weighed to determine the digestibility using the relation :
In order to develop the production of high quality potato seeds , it is primordial to supply the head of the multiplication chain with vegetal material of very high sanitary quality. The use of in vitro micro-propagation techniques can satisfy this objective. In that way, to the demand of Belgian or foreign producers, the in vitro laboratory can :