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Bottelare Research Farm, Ghent University & University College Ghent

Agricultural Science contains many subfields: agricultural economics and policy, agricultural engineering, agriculture, dairy and animal science, multidisciplinary soil science, agronomy, food science and technology, horticulture, nutrition and dietetics. Research on all these topics finds a home in Ghent University's Faculty for Bioscience Engineering and the Biosciences and Food Sciences Department of University College Ghent.

There is a close collaboration between Ghent University en University College Ghent at the Agricultural Experimental Station Bottelare Research Farm. Bottelare Research Farm provides productive, arable land for (applied) agricultural research and teaching with a focus on field crops, plant pathology, soil science and silage preservation. The 25-ha farm is used for production crops, such as field grain corn, triticale, potato and protein crops. The station hosts numerous small plots, allowing testing of large numbers of treatments.

The research at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering is oriented towards the study and management of bio systems and their interactions with the environment. In an academic engineering environment the focus is on the development and optimization of applications useful to both man and society and on the prevention of undesirable side effects. The research and education are structured in 14 departments that include the entire chain of research and development, management, production, processing and valorization of raw materials for both food and non-food applications. The research pays extensive attention to current issues such as climate problems, environmental problems, food issues, sustainability, bio-energy and bio-safety.

The research at the Biosciences and Food Sciences Department of University College Ghent focuses on current practical problems encountered by the agro-food sector. The main research lines relate to integrated pest management in agri- and horticulture, cultivation of grain and feed crops, equitation science, food product development and process optimization (dairy, brewery and bakery), anthropometric based estimation of adiposity, eDNA-monitoring of water quality, …

At the Bottelare farm a multidisciplinary research team of University College Ghent investigates the opportunities of alternative grains (einkorn, emmer and khorasan wheat, teff) and pseudograins (buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa) by an integrated approach: technological aspects related to cultivation, harvest and further processing of these grains but also the nutritional added value and the cost effectiveness of these crops are under study. However, this is only one example out of many applied research projects going on in cooperation with different stakeholders of the agrofood chain.

 



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