A biobased development makes horticulture more sustainable and offers new business opportunities
This project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under subsidy contract No 2S01-038, the province of West Flanders and the province of South Holland.
BioBoost addresses the need for an environmentally friendly and resource efficient economy that focuses on horticulture, by using plant resources in a more sustainable, efficient and integrated way. Although the horticulture industry presents multifaceted societal benefits, the need for transitioning towards a biobased economy has been largely overlooked so far.
There is a lot of potential, but development, testing and uptake of green innovations is slow due to the suboptimal interaction between researchers and SMEs, problematic financing and a lack of cross-disciplinary working methods and effective support strategies.
- Specific approach to support the transition to a horticultural bioeconomy
- 3 Regional bioeconomy partnerships that facillitate SMEs (UK, BE, NL)
- Yearly action plan including regional activities (UK, BE, NL)
- Bioeconomy awareness and activation campaign
- Open innovation platform biobased horticulture
- 9 Pilot activities dealing with horticultural waste streams and byproducts for use for food, feed, green pesticides, materials, pharmaceutics and cosmetics