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  • High levels of glyphosate in agricultural soil: ‘Extension of approval not prudent.’

    High levels of glyphosate in agricultural soil: ‘Extension of approval not prudent.’

    There has been a great deal of discussion about the use and extension of the approval of use of glyphosate as a herbicide. Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in Europe. In 2016 the approval by the European Commission for the use of this agent ...

  • `Banana has a future after all`

    `Banana has a future after all`

    The banana has been severely affected by fungal diseases that can only be combated by using omore and more plant protection products. In the last century, the much-loved Gros Michel banana variety was wiped out as a result of Panama disease. But now ...

  • Can food be produced on floating islands?

    Can food be produced on floating islands?

    Yes, it can! Today the first of the vegetables were harvested and tasted at the Wageningen University & Research Applied (WUR) Arable and Vegetable Research test location in Lelystad, the Netherlands. In mid-May the small-scale test island was ...

  • New App available for the control of Phytophthora in potato

    New App available for the control of Phytophthora in potato

    Wageningen University & Research and Agrifirm have cooperated in the development of a new Phytophthora advisory App which has recently been made available to growers on the Akkerweb platform. WUR supplied the new computation module and Agrifirm ...

  • Biodiversity is the basis for Integrated Pest Management

    Biodiversity is the basis for Integrated Pest Management

    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is now the norm in agriculture and horticulture. All stakeholders – national and European government agencies and public bodies, agriculture and horticulture organisations, businesses, universities and research ...

  • Shallots in Indonesia: Searching for suitable cropland

    Shallots in Indonesia: Searching for suitable cropland

    Shallots, an onion variety, is the second major horticultural crop after hot peppers in Indonesia. But Indonesia is not self-sufficient in shallot production resulting in imports from countries like India, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Government of ...

  • Choice of winter cover crop mixture steers summer crop yield

    Choice of winter cover crop mixture steers summer crop yield

    Scientists from Wageningen University & Research demonstrate that the productivity of a next main crop can be manipulated through the choice of species in a preceding winter cover crop mixture. They report their latest findings in the Journal of ...

  • Preserve, promote, and utilise rich soil life

    Preserve, promote, and utilise rich soil life

    Healthy soil life can contribute to sustainable agriculture which, in addition to ensuring a good yield, keeps diseases under control and generates carbon and nitrogen retention. That is what Prof. Gerlinde De Deyn, Professor holding a personal ...

  • Working on more productive and sustainable horticulture in Morocco

    Working on more productive and sustainable horticulture in Morocco

    Horticulture in Morocco has to become more sustainable and productive. Researchers of Wageningen University & Research have designed a demonstration greenhouse and are developing a research and education programme together with regional ...

  • Europe can improve decision making by better monitoring of agriculture

    Europe can improve decision making by better monitoring of agriculture

    The greening and cross-compliance measures that have been introduced in Europe`s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) pose challenges to policy evaluators. Policy makers lack good data to monitor if their measures are effective and efficient. In a large ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...