thursday

18

May
2017

Specialty crops as feedstock for the bio-based economy

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Hilde Muylle - Senior Scientist, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research

Short description of the presentation:

The transition to a bio-economy results in an increased demand of biomass with specific characteristics. This holds opportunities, but also threats for the Flemish agriculture. To avoid depletion of natural resources and degradation of agricultural soils, biomass needs to be produced in a sustainable way. This implies biomass yield and quality maximization with respect for other functions and services of agroecosystems (sustainable intensification). We are currently investigating the possibilities for the production and valorization of crops such as Calendula officinalis (for the extraction of etheric oils and fatty acids), Taraxacum koksaghyz (for the production of rubber) and miscanthus in our region. This would enhance crop diversification and lead to innovation in the Flemish agro-business complex.

Biography of the speaker:

Hilde Muylle (°1972), senior researcher at ILVO. She graduated in 1995 as bio-Engineer at Ghent University and has a Master in Plant Biotechnology (1996, London University). She obtained her PhD in Applied Biological Sciences in 2003 (UGent). Since 1998, she works at ILVO as a plant geneticist. Currently, she focuses on research in crops for the bio-economy. She is coordinator of the ILVO bio-economy working group and member of the Flemish Interdepartmental working group Bio-economy and SCAR Strategic Working Group Bio-economy. Her research focusses on the potential of the primary production of plant biomass, specialty crops and innovative agronomy including multivalorisation, linking agronomy with biomass quality. System approaches, closing cycles and sustainability are key interests. She is currently involved in several national and international research projects (a.o. DRIVE4EU, OPTIMISC, Growing a Green Future, I-LoVe-T, … ).

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