Agriculture
Pig farmers get smartPig farmers get smart

Real-time information from sensors peppered around pigs farms, could herald an era of healthier and faster growing animals 

April 2014
Big Brother Enters Pig FarmsBig Brother Enters Pig Farms

Farmers and engineers have turned a Spanish pig farm into a big brother camp, where the animals are monitored in every aspect of their life. The aim is to optimize farming methods for the benefit of both the pigs and the farmer. 

April 2014
Eating Insects - New Proteins for Farm AnimalsEating Insects - New Proteins for Farm Animals

It may not become your favorite dish, but in some parts of the world insects are considered a healthy and tasty source of food. In China animal farmers are using insects also as a low-cost and highly nutritious animal feed. Now nutrition experts are investigating how this protein-rich feed could be introduced to farmers in Europe. 

April 2014
Geert Bruggeman – Maggots: the perfect protein sourceGeert Bruggeman – Maggots: the perfect protein source

Relying on proteins from fast-growing insects such as maggots presents many advantages, but we need a better knowledge of these protein sources before they can be turned into animal feed

April 2014
A pest management toolbox to reduce pesticide useA pest management toolbox to reduce pesticide use

Integrated pest management gains momentum due to European regulations on pesticides reduction. But the challenges are to integrate all alternative methods and to get farmers involved. 

March 2014
Cow fertility – not so black and whiteCow fertility – not so black and white

Increased milk yields in Holstein cows have unfortunately led to lower fertility. But finding new genetic markers at early reproductive stages may help boost fertility 

February 2014
Organic by-product derived biochar, a greener optionOrganic by-product derived biochar, a greener option

Reducing mineral fertilisers and chemicals use in agriculture is a priority. Alternatives include safe biochar and compost produced from treated organic residues from plant and animal by-products. 

January 2014
The case for low methane-emitting cattleThe case for low methane-emitting cattle

A new research project looks into the possibilities of adapting every aspect of cattle husbandry and selection processes to lower their greenhouse gas emissions

January 2014
Grass as the new biofuelGrass as the new biofuel

A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops

December 2013
Edward Soméus – when animal waste provides greener fertilisersEdward Soméus – when animal waste provides greener fertilisers

Reducing the environmentally damaging fertilisers is one of the challenges of modern agriculture.  A solution based on animal waste could be an option.

September 2013
Lucia Doyle: combining irrigation and fertilisation in open-fields agricultureLucia Doyle: combining irrigation and fertilisation in open-fields agriculture

An automatic system to increase agricultural crop yield and simultaneously save resources

September 2013
Ralf Otterpohl: a second life for unsuspected nutrient-rich wasteRalf Otterpohl: a second life for unsuspected nutrient-rich waste

By being smarter about reusing our daily human waste, and turning it into a resource, it is now possible to reduce unsustainable fertiliser production

July 2013
Ton Baltissen: Optimised bloomingTon Baltissen: Optimised blooming

Dutch scientists are now tackling software based optimisation of plant growth in horticulture 

July 2013
More Crops per Drop!More Crops per Drop!

Fighting droughts with modern technology

July 2013
Keith Tomlins: Controlling waste in tuber crops for a better economyKeith Tomlins: Controlling waste in tuber crops for a better economy

Trying to optimise production and use of staple food such as cassava and yams in African and Asian countries could also involve cross-fertilisation of best practices across continents

July 2013
Tougher climate-resistant cropsTougher climate-resistant crops

When legumes improved thanks to genetic analysis act as a test bench for more resilient plants, susceptible of ultimately reducing EU dependence on food and feed imports 

June 2013
No biomarkers identified to assess potential health effects of GMOsNo biomarkers identified to assess potential health effects of GMOs

Identifying biomarkers in GM food or feed susceptible of identifying their potential adverse health effects, once they have reached the market, has proven a big challenge

June 2013
Peter Freeman: Plants tell timePeter Freeman: Plants tell time

Plants tell time. And understanding the workings of their internal clocks can help us improve what we get from our crops. 

June 2013
Anti-allergy GM applesAnti-allergy GM apples

Scientists are trying to engineer apples so that the most widely consumed fruit in Europe no longer triggers allergic reactions. But would people want to eat them? 

March 2013
Prof. Francesco Salamini: "Availability of many markers will change all apple breeding paradigms”Prof. Francesco Salamini: "Availability of many markers will change all apple breeding paradigms”

The Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM) in Italy coordinated the apple genome sequencing project. In a recent interview Prof. Francesco Salamini, President of FEM, who has been a science committee member for 12 years, talked about apple genome sequencing and mapping and how this could benefit society

September 2010
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