ILVO ILVO (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research) is a scientific institute, belonging to the Agriculture and Fisheries Department of the Flemish Government. ILVO's mission consists of performing and coordinating policy-supporting scientific research and the associated public service in view of a sustainable agriculture and fishery in an economic, ecological and social perspective.
Plant Sciences Unit In the perspective of energy crops, the Plant Sciences Unit is currently using translational genomics to improve seed yield in crops such as rapeseed. It is emphasized on (i) crop husbandry and ecophysiological research on fodder crops and ornamentals, (ii) evaluation of the value for cultivation and use, distinctness, stability and homogeneity of new varieties, (iii) chemical and physical research of plant, soil and water. Regarding energy crops, the Plant Sciences Unit studies the potential of several varieties of energy maize in a low input system.