With the different dietary alternatives based solely on plant protein and nutrients, it is important to gather information on seeds composition, allowing each person to tailor the elements of their diet according to their needs.
Legume proteins are not only of high quantity but also have a very balanced amino acid profile, possibly making them suited to replace fishmeal, which is an unsustainable resource, and/or soybean (mostly imported and GMO) in the diets for fish in aquaculture. Our case study aims to provide well-balanced, healthy feed formulations for regional aquaculture facilities that are mainly originating from organic, sustainable and local resources.
The European retail market is experiencing a rapid and consistent increase in consumer demand for new products made with plant protein. This trend has led to a huge number of new foods made with legumes being introduced across the EU. As an ongoing activity in TRUE project, innovation in the retail market is monitored by Work Package 4 to spot new products.
In this case study we will set up field trials of Fava beans and French beans to assess the agronomic performance of heritage varieties in comparison to modern ones. The nutritional quality of the crops will be analysed. During the flowering period we will quantify visitation of the different varieties by pollinating insects and relate this to the production of floral volatile chemicals that may be responsible for attracting them and the quality of the resources that are provided in return.
In this case study we are looking at the options for producing biomass suitable for animal feed or anaerobic digestion and how legumes in particular can help. We are focussing on winter crops to make best use of the full growing season.