PARTNER DESCRIPTION

Institute :
Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W)
BE - http://www.cra.wallonie.be


Units :
  • Quality Department of agro-food products
  • (QD)
  • Biometry Department
  • (BD)
    Staff :
  • Dr
  • Vincent BAETEN
  • Dr
  • Gilbert BERBEN
  • Dr
  • Pierre DARDENNE (Head of the Department)
  • Ir
  • Marc DUBOIS
  • Ir
  • Antoine MICHOTTE-RENIER
  • Dr Ir
  • Robert OGER (Head of the Unit)
  • Ir
  • Georges SINNAEVE
  • Ir
  • Philippe VERMEULEN


    Description of Quality Department of agro-food products :

    The main objective of the spectrometry laboratory of the Quality Department of CRA-W (QD-CRA-W) is the research on non-destructive analytical methods for the quality assessment of raw agricultural products and processed food and feed. Very wide databases to determine chemical composition and nutritive value of feedstuffs and forages were developed. Presently the lab has 14 spectrometers from different companies (Foss-NIRSystems, Bran&Luebbe, Perten, Foss-Anadis). The lab is also equipped with a Perkin-Elmer FT-NIR spectrometer linked to Perkin-Elmer Autoimage microscope. The main objective of the molecular biology laboratory of the Quality Department of CRA-W (QD-CRA-W) is the use of molecular biology techniques in authentication analyses of food and feedstuffs. The laboratory has already successfully applied for two research proposals at Belgian federal level in 1997. In one of these programs the laboratory is involved in the Belgian Federal Network for GMO's Monitoring (3 labs). Furthermore PCR and genetic fingerprinting (AFLP) are presently applied in research projects on chicken genetic origin and lactic acid bacteria identification (in the framework of a project of the International Dairy Federation - Group E-104).
    Role :
  • Management : Coordination of the project.
  • PCR method : Testing reliable PCR approaches for the detection of DNA targets in extracts of MBM that followed well defined heat treatments and design of taxon-specific PCR procedures. Using of those procedures for the detection of DNA of terrestrial animal origin in compound feeds.
  • NIR Microscopy method : Protocols development and spectral libraries construction.



  • Relevant Publications in the field of BSE :

    Author(s) : Oger, R.
    Title : Utilization of remote sensing data in hydro-agricultural studies in Belgium.
    Publication year : 1995

    Author(s) : Buffet, D., Oger, R., Dehem, D., Tychon, B., Veroustraete, F. and Wouters, K.
    Title : A Web-based mapping application to link a Crop Modelling System (B-CGMS) and a GIS database.
    Publication year : 2000

    Chaussée de Namur, 24 - 5030 Gembloux - dptquald7@cra.wallonie.be
    Phone : +32 (0)81 62 03 50 - Fax : +32 (0)81 62 03 88
    http://www.cra.wallonie.be/francais/dep7/index.html

    Description of Biometry Department :

    The research activities of the Unit results from its main mission which is to insure a permanent support to CRA-W researchers in planning and designing of experiments, collection and statistical analysis of data as well as their conservation or backup in structured data bases. Field experimentation is an activity for which the application of statistical methods presents most interest for the CRA-W. Modelling the spatial structure of variability in fields to analyse results of experimental designs constitutes one of the axes of research for the Unit. Participation in various research projects in the field of modelling and simulation of crop growth and development as well as the use of satellite information, allow to develop an expertise in the particular domain of the estimation of crop productions. These works are associated to the use of geographic information systems and the constitution of georeferenced databases. Several projects of research also foresee development of computer applications for interactive management of spatialized databases, in particular, valuation of available information through computer network and more generally through the Internet. The Unit also insure the co-ordination and the management of several databases (REQUASUD database of the Walloon Region. and, in association with the Department of Biological Control and Plant Genetic Resources, the Pyrus database of the European Cooperative Program for Crop Genetic Resources Networks).
    Role :
  • Database Development : Construction of a microscopic image and a spectral library database.
  • Graphical Query Module Development : Construction of a friendly user interface to create queries on the database.
  • Web Site Creation : Conception and management of the internet site.



  • Relevant Publications in the field of BSE :

    Author(s) : Oger, R.
    Title : Utilization of remote sensing data in hydro-agricultural studies in Belgium.
    Publication year : 1995

    Author(s) : Buffet, D., Oger, R., Dehem, D., Tychon, B., Veroustraete, F. and Wouters, K.
    Title : A Web-based mapping application to link a Crop Modelling System (B-CGMS) and a GIS database.
    Publication year : 2000

    Rue de Liroux, 9 - 5030 Gembloux - bisa@cra.wallonie.be
    Phone : +32 (0)81 62 65 74 - Fax : +32 (0)81 62 65 59
    http://www.cra.wallonie.be/francais/dep8/index.html