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  • Computer model helps with early prediction of mycotoxins in grain

    Computer model helps with early prediction of mycotoxins in grain

    Increased mycotoxin contamination Climate change will likely result in increased contamination of grain with mycotoxins (toxins from fungi). Early prediction of the growth of these fungi can help farmers make effective choices regarding the use of ...

  • Sweeper (Sweet pepper harvesting robot) tested in greenhouse Belgium

    Sweeper (Sweet pepper harvesting robot) tested in greenhouse Belgium

    In the past week the Sweeper team has performed tests with their harvest robot in the greenhouse of partner Research Station for Vegetable Production at Sint Katelijne-Waver in Belgium. The data of the tests will be used for improving the vision ...

  • Heat pump in 2SaveEnergy greenhouse runs smoothly

    Heat pump in 2SaveEnergy greenhouse runs smoothly

    Double aluminium screen plus a transparent screen A second screen installation to further reduce heat loss is installed. After extensive consultations and calculations we concluded that the optimal combination of screens would be a double aluminium ...

  • A step forward to making crops tolerant to severe drought

    A step forward to making crops tolerant to severe drought

    An international consortium of researchers led by Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, has sequenced the genome of the ‘resurrection plant’ Xerophyta viscosa. Today the team publishes the DNA sequence in Nature ...

  • Gradual weaning prevents post weaning growth check in piglets raised in a group farrowing system

    Gradual weaning prevents post weaning growth check in piglets raised in a group farrowing system

    According to research carried out at the Dutch Swine Innovation Centre (VIC Sterksel), gradual weaning at the age of 9 weeks seems to be a good strategy to prevent the post weaning growth check, and to improve the behaviour of piglets and ...

  • Faster and better breeding of sustainable and healthy quinoa

    Faster and better breeding of sustainable and healthy quinoa

    An international team of scientists, including quinoa breeding experts from Wageningen University & Research, published the complete DNA sequence of quinoa – the food crop that is conquering the world from South America – in Nature ...

  • Parasitic plants cause huge damage to rice crops in Africa

    Parasitic plants cause huge damage to rice crops in Africa

    Parasitic plants – plants that penetrate another plant and grow at its expense – have caused some $200 million worth of damage to the African rice harvest this year, at the cost of 15 million meals a day. If no effective measures are ...

  • Bird flu confirmed in commercially-farmed birds in the Netherlands

    Bird flu confirmed in commercially-farmed birds in the Netherlands

    On the night of Friday 25 November 2016, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR) confirmed an outbreak of H5 avian influenza (bird flu) on a duck farm in Biddinghuizen (municipality of Dronten). The birds on this farm, at three other locations ...

  • `We need a new approach for better soil`

    `We need a new approach for better soil`

    ‘Dutch agricultural soils are not future-proof’ was a widely accepted statement at the final meeting of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Sustainable Soil. Breeders, chain partners, suppliers, the government and the science sector see ...

  • MARVIN™ technology saves agriculture & horticulture time and money

    MARVIN™ technology saves agriculture & horticulture time and money

    Four hundred thousand seedlings, nearly half of what a plant grower of, say, young tomato plants, produces in one season; this is the amount that sorting machines with the MARVIN technology can process in a single day. They rapidly make 3D models of ...

  • Advantages of the Big Data technology for Smart Farming

    Advantages of the Big Data technology for Smart Farming

    FAO stated that ‘a more sustainable agriculture’ is one of the big challenges of global human population. Agriculture has to produce more food, feed, fuel, flowers, etc., with less use of natural resources and with less adverse side ...

  • Workshop: Development of biological control products

    Workshop: Development of biological control products

    Wageningen Plant Research and its partners in the BIOCOMES EU project are organising a workshop for PhD students and young scientists active in the field of biological control. The workshop will take place in January 2017 in Kiel (Germany). Students ...

  • DNA of banana fungus unravelled for more sustainable banana crops

    DNA of banana fungus unravelled for more sustainable banana crops

    An international consortium led by scientists from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) has unravelled the DNA of Pseudocercospora fijiensis, the fungus that causes the much-feared black Sigatoka disease in bananas. The findings provide ...

  • GODAN Action - Enabling practical engagement with open data in agriculture and nutrition

    GODAN Action - Enabling practical engagement with open data in agriculture and nutrition

    As the world’s population grows, global demand for food is predicted to nearly double. The number of people at risk of hunger in the developing world is estimated to grow to more than a billion people by 2050. New data-driven solutions in ...

  • ISRIC releases upgraded SoilGrids system: up to two times improved accuracy of predictions

    ISRIC releases upgraded SoilGrids system: up to two times improved accuracy of predictions

    ISRIC – World Soil Information has just released a major update of its global predictions of soil properties and classes, now available at a spatial resolution of 250 m. The previous SoilGrids system at 1 km resolution has been systematically ...

  • Breeding more uniform Nile Tilapia

    Breeding more uniform Nile Tilapia

    For fish farmers, uniformity of growth and body size is one of the key traits to be improved in future breeding programs. In domestic Nile Tilapia size differences among individuals are very large but the genetic background of this variability is ...

  • 10% more light in a new greenhouse concept: the Winterlight Greenhouse

    10% more light in a new greenhouse concept: the Winterlight Greenhouse

    The Winterlight Greenhouse is a new greenhouse concept which gains 10% more light in winter and is currently under construction at Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk. The Winterlight Greenhouse has a new type of screen system: Ludvig ...

  • Input for discussion on Common Agricultural Policy after 2020

    Input for discussion on Common Agricultural Policy after 2020

    There is a possibility that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be reformulated after 2020. In order to stimulate a strategic discussion regarding the reformulation of this policy, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has asked the LEI to ...

  • Input for discussion on Common Agricultural Policy after 2020

    Input for discussion on Common Agricultural Policy after 2020

    There is a possibility that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be reformulated after 2020. In order to stimulate a strategic discussion regarding the reformulation of this policy, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has asked the LEI to ...

  • Input for discussion on Common Agricultural Policy after 2020

    Input for discussion on Common Agricultural Policy after 2020

    There is a possibility that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be reformulated after 2020. In order to stimulate a strategic discussion regarding the reformulation of this policy, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has asked the LEI to ...