The Brainwaves Project has now finished
However, this is not the end of the duckweed research in Prof. Marcel Jansen's group. To find out more about the ongoing research please visit the Duck-Feed Project website.
What is the BRAINWAVES Project?
Brainwaves takes a circular economy approach to sustainable agriculture. Using a common aquatic plant known as duckweed, Brainwaves’ scientists are trialing innovative technological systems to grow duckweed on agricultural waste streams, which will, if successful, offer farmers the dual benefits of cleaning farm waste while also growing a high-protein crop. In essence, through the up-take of excess nutrients (nitrates and phosphates), duckweed can create value from waste in the form of a high-protein biomass which can be used in animal feed, reducing farmers’ reliance on imported soybean. This research has the potential to bring tangible economic and environmental benefits to farming practices in Ireland, Wales, and beyond.
New Brainwaves Publication!! Acidification increases efficiency of Lemna minor N and P recovery from diluted cattle slurry
Duckweed as a novel protein crop for Ireland
A busy day at the Royal Welsh Show 2023
Celebrating Ireland Wales co-operation since 1994 and a look to the future
Brainwaves is a 3.5-year research project funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme. Brainwaves' university partners include:
- School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Environmental Research Institute in University College Cork in Ireland.