TRANSfarm mainly focuses on sustainable, circular innovations for the bioeconomy as well as on biomedical research. For this purpose, several new stables were built on the nearly 100-year-old site where research with laboratory animals can take place under controlled lab conditions. Among other things, new animal feeds are being tested based on proteins from local crops or industrial by-products.
The research center will also investigate ways to make agriculture less dependent on fossil-based raw materials. A test is underway with solar panels placed on a metal structure above a field, examining the impact of sunlight and rainfall on the harvest. The Leuven University (KU Leuven) scientists seek to answer the question of whether farmers can generate green energy without jeopardizing the quality and yield of their crops.