Identification and cultivation adaptation of protein-rich crops
In order to limit our external dependence on protein-rich crops for food and animal feed, we must focus more on local cultivation, taking into account the economic feasibility, the climate, the limited agricultural area, the protein yield and composition, the value of the by-products (e.g. dual target crops), etc.
The goal is to increase the cultivation area of protein-rich crops in Flanders with optimal yield, functionality and (nutritional) quality. Primarily, this comes down to identifying which crops offer potential for cultivation as a protein-rich crop in Flanders. Within those who have that potential, further exploration can be done for which varieties offer the most opportunities, or new varieties can be created that are better adapted to the local climate, provide a higher (protein) yield, a nutritionally better (protein) composition and/or have better functional properties.
By combining exploratory and feasibility studies with agricultural research, new opportunities can arise for the local cultivation of protein-rich crops. In addition, fundamental research into and development of new varieties of existing crops with a specific focus on nutritional and protein composition will also contribute to this concept.
Identification, cultivation and processing opportunities for new protein sources
Options for, and optimisation of protein extraction processes from different types of protein sources
Development and formulation of new, high-quality protein-rich consumer products
Research into the functionality and key properties of protein structures
The protein shift in a broader social context
Reuse of by-products for and from protein production