DeBaai devlops the cultivation and application of aquatic crops. Key advantages of aquatics crops are
● A high biomass yield, combined with a valuable biomass composition, often including a high protein content.
● Direct uptake of minerals from the water, enabling the purification of waste streams or surface waters, rich in nitrogen and phosphorous.
● The cultivation in independent of arable land, thereby providing an alternative for marginal lands that provide little to no yields with conventional crops.
Thanks to these properties, aquatic crops can contribute to making agriculture more sustainable, creating a more circular economy and reducing dependence on imported resources, such as soy.
deBaai initiates and participates in projects that aim to develop the cultivation and application of aquatic crops to a sustainable and economically viable alternative for food, feed and chemical production.The role of deBaai in these projects varies from conducting research and development, to advising and project management.
Azolla pilot De Marsen
In this pilot we experiment with the cultivation of Azolla to locally produce a protein-rich feed for chickens and pigs
Ecological cultivation of duckweed
In this project we cultivate duckweed on surface water in order to purify the surfacewater from excess nitrogen and phosphate, while simultaniously producing a protein-rich feed for local farmers
R&D for Plantible Foods
Research and development of the cultivation of Lemna for application in human nutrition