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Gert van Duinkerken introducing Wageningen University & Research:

What is your relation to Feed Design Lab?

Wageningen University & Research and Feed Design Lab have been in contact frequently since the establishment of FDL. Setting up new collaborations has been the focus. As from 2017, we are officially FDL community partner.

What is your position at Wageningen University & Research?

Head of department Animal Nutrition of Wageningen Livestock Research

What is the position of Wageningen University & Research in the animal production sector?

Wageningen University & Research is a collaboration between Wageningen University and the Wageningen Research foundation. The institutes within Wageningen Research perform applied research on a project basis. The feed industry is an important target group and commissioner for research. Wageningen University educates BSc, MSc and PhD students. This is an important pool of young and talented people for capacity building in the feed industry. Wageningen Academy develops and organizes trainings and courses for professionals, amongst other from the feed industry.

Why are you a partner of Feed Design Lab?

FDL is a knowledge based and innovative centre, with a valuable network in the feed chain. This is a strong basis for collaborations between FDL and Wageningen University & Research.

Which topics you think Feed Design Lab should be active in?

Novel and sustainable feed materials and the use of co-products and residues are important emerging topics. Circular agri-food systems, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and digitalisation are other themes for collaborative initiatives of FDL and Wageningen University & Research.


Feed Design Lab is the leading practical research and education centre for innovation and sustainability in the animal feed sector. More than 100 companies from across the sector, based both in the Netherlands and abroad, are partners in Feed Design Lab and participate actively in our network.


Feed Design Lab has three primary activities: renting out our test plant, providing training and developing projects. Feed Design Lab is unique in this – nowhere else in Europe do research, training and trial feed production all take place within the same institute.

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