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de Greeff A.,Central Veterinary Institute | Bikker P.,Wageningen UR Livestock Research | Smit-Heinsbroek A.,Agrifirm | Bruininx E.,Agrifirm | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition | Year: 2016

The 'developmental origins of health and disease' hypothesis proposes not only that we are what we eat, but also that we could be what our parents ate. Here, we aimed to improve health and performance of young piglets via maternal diets based on the hypothesis that maternal nutritional interventions change metabolic programming in piglets, reflected by differential gene expression early in life. Therefore, sows were fed either a regular diet, based on barley, wheat and wheat by-products, sugar beet pulp, palm oil and oilseed meal, or a high-fat (HF) diet consisting of the regular diet supplemented with an additional amount of 3.5% soybean oil and 1% fish oil at the expense of palm oil and wheat. Performance results, physiological parameters and gene expression in liver of piglets and blood of piglets and sows at day 7 after farrowing from both diet groups were compared. The HF diet tended to enhance growth rate of the offspring in the first week of life. No significant differences in gene expression in liver tissue and blood could be detected between the two groups, neither with whole-genome microarray analysis, nor with gene specific qPCR analysis. In this study, the feeding of a high-fat diet with increased amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) to gestating sows under practical farm settings did not induce significant changes in gene expression in sows and offspring. © 2016 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.


Ipema A.H.,Wageningen UR Livestock Research | De Mol R.M.,Wageningen UR Livestock Research | Hogewerf P.H.,Wageningen UR Livestock Research | Prins B.,Hogeschool VHL | And 4 more authors.
Precision Livestock Farming 2015 - Papers Presented at the 7th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, ECPLF 2015 | Year: 2015

The aim of the Dutch Smart Dairy Farming project is to develop decision support models for operational support in farm management. This project started in 2012 and involves collaboration between several institutions and companies in the dairy chain. The project has three focus areas: animal health, fertility and feeding. The objective of the 'animal health' focus area is to optimise young stock rearing as a basis for extending the life of cows. Lowering the annual replacement rate, which is currently about 30%, has a significant positive impact on financial results. The main objectives of this young stock rearing project were to develop state-of-the-art tools which would help the farmer to optimise growth and development of young stock. Milk feeders and water drinkers combined with weighing scales were used for data collection at individual calf level. Daily data about milk intake, milk feeder visits, water intake and body weight were used to build detection models that generate alerts when measured values deviate and indicate a possible health problem. Body weight measurements were also used to determine the growth rate of a calf and to produce an alert if this deviated too much from a desired growth rate. All alerts were translated into messages with work instructions for the farmer. Weekly feedback from the farmer indicated that almost 60% of the messages were correct. It is suggested that the large number of wrong messages (false positives) can be reduced by applying more advanced analysis techniques.


PubMed | Wageningen UR Livestock Research, Central Veterinary Institute and Agrifirm
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition | Year: 2016

The developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis proposes not only that we are what we eat, but also that we could be what our parents ate. Here, we aimed to improve health and performance of young piglets via maternal diets based on the hypothesis that maternal nutritional interventions change metabolic programming in piglets, reflected by differential gene expression early in life. Therefore, sows were fed either a regular diet, based on barley, wheat and wheat by-products, sugar beet pulp, palm oil and oilseed meal, or a high-fat (HF) diet consisting of the regular diet supplemented with an additional amount of 3.5% soybean oil and 1% fish oil at the expense of palm oil and wheat. Performance results, physiological parameters and gene expression in liver of piglets and blood of piglets and sows at day 7 after farrowing from both diet groups were compared. The HF diet tended to enhance growth rate of the offspring in the first week of life. No significant differences in gene expression in liver tissue and blood could be detected between the two groups, neither with whole-genome microarray analysis, nor with gene specific qPCR analysis. In this study, the feeding of a high-fat diet with increased amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) to gestating sows under practical farm settings did not induce significant changes in gene expression in sows and offspring.


News Article | November 10, 2016
Site: www.newsmaker.com.au

This report studies Poultry Feed in Global market, especially in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, focuses on top manufacturers in global market, with capacity, production, price, revenue and market share for each manufacturer, covering  C. P. Group  Cargill  Brazil Food  Land Olakes  Tyson Foods  Nutreco  Zen-Noh Co-Operative  AB Agri  Agrifirm  DLG  GLON SANDERS  DE HEUS  ADM  DOUX  INVIVO  VERONESI  MNF  BOCM  KENT  Zuellig Group  New Hope Group  COFCO  EastHope Group  Guangdong Wens Group Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Regions, with production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate of Poultry Feed in these regions, from 2011 to 2021 (forecast), like  North America  Europe  China  Japan  Southeast Asia  India Split by product type, with production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into  Chicken Feed  Duck Feed  Geese Feed  Others Split by application, this report focuses on consumption, market share and growth rate of Poultry Feed in each application, can be divided into  Application 1  Application 2  Application 3 Global Poultry Feed Market Research Report 2016  1 Poultry Feed Market Overview  1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Poultry Feed  1.2 Poultry Feed Segment by Type  1.2.1 Global Production Market Share of Poultry Feed by Type in 2015  1.2.2 Chicken Feed  1.2.3 Duck Feed  1.2.4 Geese Feed  1.2.5 Others  1.3 Poultry Feed Segment by Application  1.3.1 Poultry Feed Consumption Market Share by Application in 2015  1.3.2 Application 1  1.3.3 Application 2  1.3.4 Application 3  1.4 Poultry Feed Market by Region  1.4.1 North America Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.4.2 Europe Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.4.3 China Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.4.4 Japan Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.4.5 Southeast Asia Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.4.6 India Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.5 Global Market Size (Value) of Poultry Feed (2011-2021) 7 Global Poultry Feed Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis  7.1 C. P. Group  7.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.1.2 Poultry Feed Product Type, Application and Specification  7.1.2.1 Type I  7.1.2.2 Type II  7.1.3 C. P. Group Poultry Feed Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.2 Cargill  7.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.2.2 Poultry Feed Product Type, Application and Specification  7.2.2.1 Type I  7.2.2.2 Type II  7.2.3 Cargill Poultry Feed Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.3 Brazil Food  7.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.3.2 Poultry Feed Product Type, Application and Specification  7.3.2.1 Type I  7.3.2.2 Type II  7.3.3 Brazil Food Poultry Feed Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.4 Land Olakes  7.4.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.4.2 Poultry Feed Product Type, Application and Specification  7.4.2.1 Type I  7.4.2.2 Type II  7.4.3 Land Olakes Poultry Feed Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.4.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.5 Tyson Foods  7.5.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.5.2 Poultry Feed Product Type, Application and Specification  7.5.2.1 Type I  7.5.2.2 Type II  7.5.3 Tyson Foods Poultry Feed Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.5.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.6 Nutreco  7.6.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.6.2 Poultry Feed Product Type, Application and Specification  7.6.2.1 Type I  7.6.2.2 Type II  7.6.3 Nutreco Poultry Feed Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.6.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.7 Zen-Noh Co-Operative  7.7.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.7.2 Poultry Feed Product Type, Application and Specification  7.7.2.1 Type I  7.7.2.2 Type II  7.7.3 Zen-Noh Co-Operative Poultry Feed Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.7.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.8 AB Agri  7.8.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.8.2 Poultry Feed Product Type, Application and Specification  7.8.2.1 Type I  7.8.2.2 Type II  7.8.3 AB Agri Poultry Feed Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.8.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.9 Agrifirm  7.9.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.9.2 Poultry Feed Product Type, Application and Specification  7.9.2.1 Type I  7.9.2.2 Type II  7.9.3 Agrifirm Poultry Feed Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.9.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.10 DLG  7.10.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.10.2 Poultry Feed Product Type, Application and Specification  7.10.2.1 Type I  7.10.2.2 Type II  7.10.3 DLG Poultry Feed Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.10.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.11 GLON SANDERS  7.12 DE HEUS  7.13 ADM  7.14 DOUX  7.15 INVIVO  7.16 VERONESI  7.17 MNF  7.18 BOCM  7.19 KENT  7.20 Zuellig Group  7.21 New Hope Group  7.22 COFCO  7.23 EastHope Group  7.24 Guangdong Wens Group


This report studies sales (consumption) of Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Market, especially in Germany, UK, France, Russia, Italy, Benelux and Spain, focuses on top players in these countries, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player in these Countries, covering Market Segment by Countries, this report splits Europe into several key Countries, with sales (consumption), revenue, market share and growth rate of Poultry Feed Ingredients in these countries, from 2011 to 2021 (forecast), like Germany France UK Russia Italy Spain Benelux Split by product type, with sales, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into Type I Type II Type III Split by application, this report focuses on sales, market share and growth rate of Poultry Feed Ingredients in each application, can be divided into Application 1 Application 2 Application 3 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Market Report 2016 1 Poultry Feed Ingredients Overview 1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Poultry Feed Ingredients 1.2 Classification of Poultry Feed Ingredients 1.2.1 Type I 1.2.2 Type II 1.2.3 Type III 1.3 Application of Poultry Feed Ingredients 1.3.1 Application 1 1.3.2 Application 2 1.3.3 Application 3 1.4 Poultry Feed Ingredients Market by Countries 1.4.1 Germany Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.2 France Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.3 UK Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.4 Russia Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.5 Italy Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.6 Spain Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.7 Benelux Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.5 Europe Market Size (Value and Volume) of Poultry Feed Ingredients (2011-2021) 1.5.1 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 1.5.2 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 2 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients by Manufacturers, Type and Application 2.1 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Market Competition by Manufacturers 2.1.1 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share of Key Manufacturers (2015 and 2016) 2.1.2 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Share by Manufacturers (2015 and 2016) 2.2 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients (Volume and Value) by Type 2.2.1 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Type (2011-2016) 2.2.2 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Market Share by Type (2011-2016) 2.3 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients (Volume and Value) by Countries 2.3.1 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Countries (2011-2016) 2.3.2 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Market Share by Countries (2011-2016) 2.4 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients (Volume) by Application 3 Germany Poultry Feed Ingredients (Volume, Value and Sales Price) 3.1 Germany Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Value (2011-2016) 3.1.1 Germany Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 3.1.2 Germany Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 3.1.3 Germany Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales Price Trend (2011-2016) 3.2 Germany Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 3.3 Germany Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Type 3.4 Germany Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Application 4 France Poultry Feed Ingredients (Volume, Value and Sales Price) 4.1 France Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Value (2011-2016) 4.1.1 France Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 4.1.2 France Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 4.1.4 France Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales Price Trend (2011-2016) 4.2 France Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 4.3 France Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Type 4.4 France Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Application 5 UK Poultry Feed Ingredients (Volume, Value and Sales Price) 5.1 UK Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Value (2011-2016) 5.1.1 UK Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 5.1.2 UK Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 5.1.5 UK Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales Price Trend (2011-2016) 5.2 UK Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 5.3 UK Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Type 5.4 UK Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Application 6 Russia Poultry Feed Ingredients (Volume, Value and Sales Price) 6.1 Russia Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Value (2011-2016) 6.1.1 Russia Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 6.1.2 Russia Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 6.1.6 Russia Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales Price Trend (2011-2016) 6.2 Russia Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 6.3 Russia Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Type 6.4 Russia Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Application 7 Italy Poultry Feed Ingredients (Volume, Value and Sales Price) 7.1 Italy Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Value (2011-2016) 7.1.1 Italy Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 7.1.2 Italy Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 7.1.7 Italy Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales Price Trend (2011-2016) 7.2 Italy Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 7.3 Italy Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Type 7.4 Italy Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Application 8 Spain Poultry Feed Ingredients (Volume, Value and Sales Price) 8.1 Spain Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Value (2011-2016) 8.1.1 Spain Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 8.1.2 Spain Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 8.1.8 Spain Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales Price Trend (2011-2016) 8.2 Spain Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 8.3 Spain Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Type 8.4 Spain Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Application 9 Benelux Poultry Feed Ingredients (Volume, Value and Sales Price) 9.1 Benelux Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Value (2011-2016) 9.1.1 Benelux Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 9.1.2 Benelux Poultry Feed Ingredients Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2016) 9.1.9 Benelux Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales Price Trend (2011-2016) 9.2 Benelux Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Manufacturers 9.3 Benelux Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Type 9.4 Benelux Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales and Market Share by Application 10 Europe Poultry Feed Ingredients Manufacturers Analysis 10.1 C. P. Group 10.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 10.1.2 Poultry Feed Ingredients Product Type, Application and Specification 10.1.2.1 Type I 10.1.2.2 Type II 10.1.3 C. P. Group Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2011-2016) 10.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview 10.2 Cargill 10.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 10.2.2 Poultry Feed Ingredients Product Type, Application and Specification 10.2.2.1 Type I 10.2.2.2 Type II 10.2.3 Cargill Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2011-2016) 10.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview 10.3 Brazil Food 10.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 10.3.2 Poultry Feed Ingredients Product Type, Application and Specification 10.3.2.1 Type I 10.3.2.2 Type II 10.3.3 Brazil Food Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2011-2016) 10.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview 10.4 Land Olakes 10.4.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 10.4.2 Poultry Feed Ingredients Product Type, Application and Specification 10.4.2.1 Type I 10.4.2.2 Type II 10.4.3 Land Olakes Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2011-2016) 10.4.4 Main Business/Business Overview 10.5 Tyson Foods 10.5.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 10.5.2 Poultry Feed Ingredients Product Type, Application and Specification 10.5.2.1 Type I 10.5.2.2 Type II 10.5.3 Tyson Foods Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2011-2016) 10.5.4 Main Business/Business Overview 10.6 Nutreco 10.6.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 10.6.2 Poultry Feed Ingredients Product Type, Application and Specification 10.6.2.1 Type I 10.6.2.2 Type II 10.6.3 Nutreco Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2011-2016) 10.6.4 Main Business/Business Overview 10.7 Zen-Noh Co-Operative 10.7.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 10.7.2 Poultry Feed Ingredients Product Type, Application and Specification 10.7.2.1 Type I 10.7.2.2 Type II 10.7.3 Zen-Noh Co-Operative Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2011-2016) 10.7.4 Main Business/Business Overview 10.8 AB Agri 10.8.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 10.8.2 Poultry Feed Ingredients Product Type, Application and Specification 10.8.2.1 Type I 10.8.2.2 Type II 10.8.3 AB Agri Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2011-2016) 10.8.4 Main Business/Business Overview 10.9 Agrifirm 10.9.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 10.9.2 Poultry Feed Ingredients Product Type, Application and Specification 10.9.2.1 Type I 10.9.2.2 Type II 10.9.3 Agrifirm Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2011-2016) 10.9.4 Main Business/Business Overview 10.10 DLG 10.10.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 10.10.2 Poultry Feed Ingredients Product Type, Application and Specification 10.10.2.1 Type I 10.10.2.2 Type II 10.10.3 DLG Poultry Feed Ingredients Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2011-2016) 10.10.4 Main Business/Business Overview 10.11 GLON SANDERS 10.12 DE HEUS 10.13 ADM 10.14 DOUX 10.15 INVIVO 10.16 VERONESI 10.17 MNF 10.18 BOCM 10.19 KENT 10.20 Zuellig Group 10.21 New Hope Group 10.22 COFCO 10.23 EastHope Group 10.24 Guangdong Wens Group 11 Poultry Feed Ingredients Manufacturing Cost Analysis 11.1 Poultry Feed Ingredients Key Raw Materials Analysis 11.1.1 Key Raw Materials 11.1.2 Price Trend of Key Raw Materials 11.1.3 Key Suppliers of Raw Materials 11.1.4 Market Concentration Rate of Raw Materials 11.2 Proportion of Manufacturing Cost Structure 11.2.1 Raw Materials 11.2.2 Labor Cost 11.2.3 Manufacturing Expenses 11.3 Manufacturing Process Analysis of Poultry Feed Ingredients 12 Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers 12.1 Poultry Feed Ingredients Industrial Chain Analysis 12.2 Upstream Raw Materials Sourcing 12.3 Raw Materials Sources of Poultry Feed Ingredients Major Manufacturers in 2015 12.4 Downstream Buyers Global QYResearch (http://globalqyresearch.com/ ) is the one spot destination for all your research needs. 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Holopainen-Mantila U.,VTT Technical Research Center of Finland | Marjamaa K.,VTT Technical Research Center of Finland | Merali Z.,UK Institute of Food Research | Kasper A.,Biogold OU | And 5 more authors.
Bioresource Technology | Year: 2013

The effect of hydrothermal pretreatment on chemical composition, microscopic structure and enzymatic digestibility of wheat straw was studied. Wheat straw was pretreated with increasing severity to obtain series of samples with altered chemistry and structure. The hydrothermal pretreatment caused solubilisation of arabinoxylan and phenolic acids and their dimers in a temperature dependent manner with minor effects on the cellulose and Klason lignin content. In the cell wall level, the pretreatment intensified staining of cellulose and relocalised xylan in the cell walls. The distribution, properties and content of the cell wall phenolic compounds was altered as observed with phloroglucinol and autofluorescence imaging. In the enzymatic hydrolysis, the highest yields were obtained from the samples with a low xylan and diferulate content. On the cell wall structural level, the sample with the highest digestibility was observed to have intensified cellulose staining, possibly reflecting the increased accessibility of cellulose. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


News Article | March 10, 2016
Site: phys.org

Yield charts, soil analyses, crop growth information; breeders are collecting an increasing amount of data related to their soil and crops. To link this data in a practical and useful way, Wageningen UR and the Agrifirm cooperative have developed a so-called geo-platform, called Akkerweb where breeders can manage their plot data online and, if linked to GPS coordinates, project them straight onto plot maps. They can also immediately put the data to work via apps. An example is making a task chart for spreaders which adapt the use of fertiliser to specific locations. "Akkerweb is a starting point for precision agriculture", says scientist Leendert Molendijk of Wageningen UR. "It was established as an open source environment and is independent. All knowledge parties can use it to provide apps as long as they are based on valid calculation rules." Akkerweb was developed based on the NemaDecide project, which bundles strengths and knowledge in the approach of harmful nematodes in potato farming. Companies and knowledge institutes from throughout the potato chain facilitate the exchange of information. "This is a fine example of how scientific knowledge is translated in the field," Molendijk adds. Breeders of seed potatoes can use Akkerweb to see the location of infections on their plots at a single glance. Via an app they can exchange data with the sampling institution, which takes samples, analyses them, and then immediately includes the results for each plot. Another app allows breeders to calculate scenarios: how will the nematode population develop when breeding a resistant variety or when a specific control method is applied? Moreover, the app enables breeders who choose to use chemical control methods to limit crop protection products to the exact spot where the infection is located. In this case the onboard computer takes over the data. For Wageningen UR it is important to have a standardised method for exchanging data. "Now that we have the tools to link knowledge to data, we can start focusing on additional applications", explains Thomas Been, scientist at Wageningen UR and technical manager of Akkerweb. "We see a growing number of scientists join the Akkerweb geo-platform to convert their knowledge and calculation rules into applications with an added value to breeders and chain partners. The platform therefore facilitates the knowledge flow into practice. And this is a joint effort: although Wageningen is still a co-owner, we have consciously retained a degree of distance from Akkerweb. The added value of the platform will only increase if other knowledge parties participate." Breeders who register to Akkerweb for free gain access to background maps (public geo-information such as aerial photographs, soil maps, plot demarcations) and can share their information with any party imaginable, such as the government, consultants, suppliers, clients and colleagues. Breeders always remain in full ownership of their own data, and must first provide approval before it can be used. Explore further: How predictive models for flavour levels of vegetables and fruits can benefit breeders

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