Strengthening plant health to maintain and increase yield under changing environmental conditions. The increase in stress resistance of cultivated plants through the action of physical methods is examined in detail for practical applicability in agriculture. Physical treatment methods for growing plant stocks should be used preventively and acutely against pest and phytopathogenic infestations. Improved adaptation to abiotic stress factors through preventive treatments using physical methods is also under investigation. The scientific basis for this technology is given by many years of in-house research on the application of physical methods in medicine, which are now to be transferred to plant biological issues. If successful, alternatives to genetic engineering will open up.
Improvement of refinement processes for plant raw materials and optimization of the composition of ingredients in plants through non-chemical processes. - Physical treatment processes of growing plant stocks for the targeted stimulation of food-relevant secondary substances have the potential to open up new value chains, especially in the regional food industry. The use of other physical methods in the various refinement processes in the processing chain, from the vegetable resource to the extract, is intended to optimize digestion and extraction processes and to improve the physicochemical quality of the ingredients.
Improving the establishment of cultivated plants and the growth of plant stocks. - An improvement in the seed quality by stimulating the germination of cultivated plants has already been proven in laboratory studies for physical methods. The investigations will be continued within this project and validated in field tests.
Complete technology transfer based on the social values of regional and sustainable agriculture. - For a successful implementation of technological innovation in agriculture, a comprehensive approach is chosen that includes regional commitment and thus social innovation, takes issues of admission into account at an early stage, emphasizes trade in regional value creation and thus supports the upgrading process of a whole profession in our society.
Reduction of chemical active ingredients in agricultural plant protection, especially in the area of vegetable crops. - The focus here is to kill phytopathogens and pests using various physical technologies, especially in the treatment of seeds (storage, transport and sowing). Corresponding processes have already been successfully demonstrated, so the decontamination of plant seeds or bulk materials is primarily about large-scale up-scaling processes.
With the project "Physics for Food" the structural change in the northeastern coastal outback region, which is characterized by traditional, long established agriculture and food industry, is shaped by means of innovative physical high technology. Based on current ecological, economic, social and political challenges, the project pursues five innovation potentials:
A. Replacement of chemical agents in agricultural crop protection.
B. Improving the establishment of crops and the growth of plant stocks.
C. Strengthening plant health in order to maintain and increase yield under changing environmental conditions.
D. Optimization of refinement processes for vegetable resources through non-chemical processes.
E. Complete technology transfer based on the social values of regional and sustainable agriculture.
The strategy-led approach brought together a consortium of alliance partners in which existing research and development potentials are bundled in a way that is unique for the region and which map the entire value chain, from plant cultivation to the processing and refinement of plant-based agricultural raw materials, using appropriate technology developments. The concept is the basis for future-oriented and sustainable regional development and exportable to other regions.
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