Intellicrops is a company specialised in production of starting plant material (seeds, plants...) of saline crops. Saline crops are plants that survive saline environments (wetlands, coastal areas... or irrigated with saline water upto sea water) Besides the starting material consultancy is given in the establishment of these crops in a various situations (from restoration of natural saline wetlands towards artificial constructions for phytoremediation under saline conditions)
'A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.' Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882. U.S. poet, essayist, and lecturer.
Among the several hundred thousand of plants less than 200 species have been brought into an agricultural practice and about twenty species are predominantly present as world crop (wheat, soya, rice .) As we become numerous on this globe the pressure to explore new cultivable land is high. We believe that among the vast number of plants there exist some species that fit in reclaiming marginal land and to transform into a sustainable agricultural practice. With the appropriate cultivation techniques novel crops can be turned into profitable crops that fit into a competitive market.
The activities of Serra Maris are related to seed production, development of new crops and an ongoing improvement of the plant material through plant breeding and selection. Activities are focused on 'sea' vegetable production. Serra Maris is owned by Intellicrops bvba a spin-off of EU research.
The mission of Intellicrops is to develop novel crops for food, feed and industrial applications that grow on marginal land (too saline, too dry, too polluted.) or who need peculiar growth factors. The core activities of the company consist in transferring the appropriate cultivation techniques for the novel crops (agricultural consultancy) and developing novel techniques with saline crops for non-food applications (e.g. feed additives, phytoremediation, biomass.... )