P08 - ILVO

ILVO is a Flemish Scientific Institute that belongs to the Flemish Government's Agriculture and Fisheries Policy Area. ILVO performs scientific research and provides services to policy-makers and professionals in agriculture, horticulture and fisheries. The research program of the area Fisheries concerns the fields of fishery biology, aquaculture and restocking, the technical aspects of fishing and the quality of the marine habitat and its natural resources. The mission complies with the demand for scientifically justified advices on these core tasks, as requested by national and international governing bodies and professional sectors. The different research items are carefully examined from an ecosystem viewpoint with as ultimate goal the achievement of a sustainable management plan for the natural resources of the seas. The section Chemical monitoring and Product technology is involved with chemical monitoring of the sea and its products. The Core is Safety, quality and sustainability of the marine environment and its biological products. For the assessment of chemical contaminants and their (biological) impact a multidisciplinary approach and integration of knowledge from different research areas are essential in achieving the stated objectives. The activities are conducted in four interdisciplinary and complementary groups: 1 / Group Chemical Monitoring 2 / Group Biochemistry 3 / Group Genetics 4 / Group Fish

Quality. The laboratories are fully equipped with advanced analytical apparatus like GC-MS, HPLC, etc. The Section Chemical monitoring is also equipped with molecular biological equipment necessary for the development of fast detection system, including several PCR machines, Real Time PCR, Nanodrop, etc and has access to DNA sequencing facilities. The section has been involved in different regional, national and European projects concerning Fish food safety. Recently the group got or is still involved with several EVF projects (European Fisheries Fund) about new methods for the assessment of fish quality or fish freshness. At the Belgian level two projects are running- Ergot and Invitrab- about the development of biosensors for the screening of PCB, Dioxin and mycotoxines.

Key personnel involved

 ECsafeSEAFOOD Generic Profile Pic v2Johan Robbens (PhD) is Biotechnologist with expertise in chemical monitoring and in different biotechnological methods. He is head of section and will lead/coordinate ILVO activities.





griet-vandermeersch-profile-picGriet Vandermeersch holds a master degree in Veterinary science from Ghent University, Belgium. She’s doing her PhD within the ECsafeSEAFOOD project at ILVO.  She is involved in WP1 (Database and selection of priority contaminants), WP2 (Monitoring environmental contaminants in seafood and environment and effect of processing/cooking), and WP4 (Development of fast screening methods to detect environmental contaminants in seafood).





ECsafeSEAFOOD Generic Profile Pic v2Bavo De Witte (PhD) is Engineer and Analytical Chemist with expertise in different analytical methods (GCMS, LCMS, HPLC, etc.) and extensive experience in development of new methods for emerging contaminants.





ECsafeSEAFOOD Generic Profile Pic v2Lisa Devriese is Engineer, is responsible for the lab of chromatography, and for the monitoring of persistent contaminants of the Belgian part of the North Sea





ECsafeSEAFOOD Generic Profile Pic v2Karen Bekaert is Engineer with deep expertise in Food safety and risk-assessment of marine toxins in processed seafood. She has developed methods for fish safety/ freshness assessment.





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