The interdisciplinary research group AgroFoodNature works, together with government agencies, other research institutes, cities, companies, farmers and conservationists at the interface of agri- and horticulture, food production and processing and nature conservation towards a sustainable agriculture and food system and a biodiverse green infrastructure.
AgroFoodNature focuses on:
1. a sustainable plant and animal production through the development of integrated circular bio-economy systems, climate-proof crop production, climate resilient agro-ecosystems and integrated pest management systems;
2. a sustainable food production offering a diversity of nutritious and healthy food products and aiming to reduce food losses and a food consumption taking into account healthy diets and food waste problems;
3. the restoration of biodiversity through innovative nature restoration measures, nature-inclusive farming and farm-including nature management.
The research team consists of 40 researchers in various areas of expertise and works in well-equipped and modern infrastructure such as a pilot brewery, a bakery lab and the Research Farm Bottelare.