Farmers learning from farmers

Farmers constantly need new knowledge in this rapidly changing world, for example on how to deal with climate change or what to do with new pests and diseases that threaten their crops. "Research shows that the best way for farmers to meet these challenges is to learn from other farmers," Simon Lox explains. That's why Simon organises Farm Demonstration Networks. Watch him explain what all that entails.
Simon Lox
ILVO - UAntwerpen

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The green gold of the future

Why do scientists sometimes call microalgae "the green gold"? Well, in addition to biofuels and astronaut food, you could use them to make sunscreen. These tiny algae contain substances that protect them from sunlight, which can also come in handy for humans. Unfortunately, they don't naturally produce enough of those substances. Elke Vereecke researches how to grow microalgae packed with those sunlight-protecting components.
KU Leuven

Is Japanese holly a good alternative to boxwood?

Away with bare boxwood bushes! The infamous boxwood moth went on a rampage in Flanders in recent years 🐛🌳 But don't panic! Meet Japanese holly, a robust alternative that is immune to these voracious caterpillars. The catch? The soil in many Flemish gardens is not acidic enough for this shrub to grow well. Bioengineer Esther Geukens will therefore tinker with the plants and the soil so that Japanese holly can thrive here.

Soy 'made in Belgium'

Soy, that's a crop grown in tropical countries like Brazil, right? Not if it depends on Margo Vermeersch (ILVO) and her colleagues. They want to grow soy in Belgium, so that in the future we will have to import less than the current 700,000 tons of soy per year. Margo is convinced: with a little more patience, we will soon be able to enjoy Belgian soy drinks! Watch the video.

A feedback culture tailored to your organization

"Top presentation yesterday! 👏 But that one slide with all those numbers could be slightly clearer." Feedback at work is crucial to your professional growth. But asking for it and giving it isn't always easy. Shana Mertens looks at how organizations can ensure that asking, giving, receiving, and using feedback becomes natural.
De Windt

Is the solution to obesity in the stool?

As many as 1 in 3 children struggle with being overweight. The solution seems simple: eat healthier and exercise. "Yet we find that this standard approach makes little difference in the long term," explains Kimberly De Windt. The key to helping these children may well lie in ... their stool 💩
Van der Straeten

How oral habits shape your teeth

Have you ever tried to unlearn an old habit, such as nail biting? That is easier said than done. This is also the case with bad oral habits, such as pushing your tongue against your teeth when swallowing. This can cause problems to your teeth, such as an upset position of your teeth. Charis Van der Straeten how a speech therapist can help children unlearn their bad mouth habits.

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