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  • 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 ...

  • Largest global coffee initiative to cope with climate variability

    Largest global coffee initiative to cope with climate variability

    With an investment of 25 million euros the Colombian coffee sector should become climate proof to ensure more than half a million coffee farmers to cope with or fight the impact of lack or excess of water in 25 Colombian river basins. The programme ...

  • New Sweet-pepper harvesting robot Sweeper ready for testing in commercial greenhouse

    New Sweet-pepper harvesting robot Sweeper ready for testing in commercial greenhouse

    The international project team that works on the development of the sweet pepper harvesting robot Sweeper has entered its second year of research. Recently, the by Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture coordinated team discussed the latest progress: ...

  • Biological control of weeds via their own aromas

    Biological control of weeds via their own aromas

    Plant experts in the Netherlands can still become enthusiastic about a special variety of broomrape. Farmers in southern countries, however, are less impressed because broomrape and its ‘sister’ striga are considered a harmful weed in ...

  • Feeding stock with rubber seed proteins

    Feeding stock with rubber seed proteins

    Residues from rubber seeds can be used to enrich animal feed. Besides reducing waste during the production of rubber, this can also result in higher revenues for the farmers since feed is the highest cost component in livestock production. At 13 ...