A successful penultimate meeting in Switzerland

Project meeting at The Institute of Livestock Sciences, Switzerland

The final furlong!

Recently the LegumePlus participants met at the Institute for Livestock Sciences in Posieux, Switzerland for the penultimate project meeting, before the final dissemination event at NIAB, Cambridge, scheduled for October this year.  

 Leading up to the meeting the researchers took part in a 5 day course in animal nutrition led by Guiseppe Bee and Frigga Dohme-Meier, at the Posieux ILS research station where they have been studying how Sainfoin and other legumes affect animal nutrition and the quality of dairy and meat products produced.  As part of the course the researchers were able to study pigs, calves and chickens on an experimental farm, and also visit the Gruyere Cheese pilot plant.  The meeting was the last time all project members will be present since many of the researchers’ contracts are coming to an end over the coming months.

 We were also given keynote lectures by members of the Agroscope Institute for Food Sciences; Dr. Guy Vergere on The NutriChip project, and Dr. Eva Arrigoni on ‘Secondary Plant Metabolites in Human Nutrition’.

During the project meeting researchers presented their progress to each other and the supervisors, and work package leaders summarised the various papers they are expecting to publish as a result of their research.  These papers (or abstracts of them) will be displayed on the LegumePlus website pages as soon as they become available.

The final subject discussed was the project dissemination event which will be held on 20th and 21st of October this year at NIAB in Cambridge.  The aim of this event is to directly communicate the activities and results of the LegumePlus project to farmers and scientists alike.  The event will be split into two days, the first being focussed on farmers and Agronomy, and the second day focussing on science for the academic community.

Meeting participants during a Tour of Fribourg

Meeting participants during a Tour of Fribourg

Jessica Quijada helping feed the cows

Jessica Quijada helping feed the cows

Happy pigs!

Happy pigs!

Group photo outside the ILS seminar rooms

Group photo outside the ILS seminar rooms