Innovative and resilient plant species & systems

Together with growers, government authorities and European partners, the Louis Bolk Institute investigates how to achieve a more sustainable cultivation of our food. We focus on farm practices, so that our scientific knowledge can indeed be implemented in practice.

Robust species

New varieties and unusual variety concepts can literally be the starting point for more sustainable cultivation. Together with partners in the Netherlands and abroad, LBI is developing and applying innovative ways to select varieties and contribute to the development of alternative protocols for their official registration and admission. Alternative crops, such as broad beans and lupins, provide growers with the opportunity to broaden their cultivation plans and provide processors with alternative raw materials for great local products. New cultivation systems, such as nature-inclusive systems and agroforestry, are giving a boost to biodiversity, natural pest control and local production chains, as well as bringing consumers and growers closer together.

Protein transition

The Netherlands and the European Union are committed to achieving a protein transition towards having fewer animal proteins and more plant proteins in our daily diet. This transition is not to be based on imported proteins, such as soya from South America, but simply on locally grown products, such as broad beans and lupins. This is good for human health, for biodiversity and for soil fertility. We take the knowledge gained from cultivation and variety research to where chains of growers and local processors are set up to develop plant-based, protein-rich foodstuffs. Thanks to our large network in this sector, we can quickly and effectively bring parties together. And, through our integrated approach, we are able to find a common way forward, also in complex situations in which the various interests of parties not necessarily coincide.

More information and contact

If you are looking for a reliable partner to make your crops more sustainable right from the start, to convert scientific insights into practice, or to evaluate existing sustainability projects in arable farming, then we invite you to take a look at our projects below or contact Peter Keijzer.