SaltyCrops will develop and optimize the production of faster-growing, shorter-blooming and higher food-quality Sarcocornia varieties for fish or shrimp-halophyte IMTA farms, and identify and develop biochemical products from the inedible parts of Sarcocornia. In both countries, Sarcocornia seeds will be collected along the coastlines, germinated and selected for IMTA cultivation, based on their growth rate and salt tolerance.
In Portugal, selected ecotypes will be cultivated in different hydroponic structures, coupled with seabream and seabass production. In Israel, selected ecotypes will be used to construct a wetland irrigated with effluents from a semi-open recirculating mariculture producing sea bream. In both countries, growth, yield, flowering season and duration will be evaluated throughout the year with respect to several agro-technics.
Finally, in both countries, edible parts of produced fish and halophytes will be characterized for selected properties, aiming its valorisation in the food industry, while non-edible parts of produced plants and appraised for functional assets, aiming its valorisation in the cosmetic and nutraceutical areas.