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Funding body name : Walloon Agricultural Research Centre
Funding body shortname : CRA-W
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Link : http://www.cra.wallonie.be/en/unit-authentication-and-traceability
Country : Belgique
Abstract : Regionalised on 1 October 2002, the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre, now a public-interest organisation, is the only public agricultural research centre run by the Walloon Region. The various Departments of the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre offer complementary areas of expertise and together form a multidisciplinary research institution covering the main fields of interest in agriculture, horticulture and forestry as well as the food processing industries and environmental sciences. From biotechnology to plant and animal products, plant breeding and crop protection, agricultural engineering or product quality, all the Departments work in coordination to optimise products in terms of both quantity and quality by reducing inputs (creating tolerant varieties, precision farming, integrated management of fertilisation and phytosanitary protection, etc.) or by creating added value or differentiated quality products, while taking societys expectations into account. It thus takes part in numerous European, national and regional research projects. The Centre has contacts with a number of companies in Belgium and abroad in connection with assignments ranging from specific services (consultancy, routine analyses, etc.) to providing advice (scientific guidance over varying lengths of time) or research and development projects. CRA-W has considerable measuring and analytical capability comprising over 300 different analyses of a wide range of products.