Artificial reefs are installed to restore oyster populations and bring back fish in the estuarine waters of Queensland (Australia). One of the restoration methods is using BESE-elements. After years of preparation, Healthy Land and Water installed the project in December…
A great loss of ecosystems like wetlands, mangroves and coral reefs has been experienced within the last decades. At the same time it is acknowledged that they deliver valuable ecosystem services, such as water purification and storage, carbon sequestration and coastal defense.
Solid 3D structure
Solid 3D structure for habitat improvement: BESE-elements®
Restoration of such ecosystems requires artificial structures as starting point. In search of such structures for the recovery of mussel beds, ENEXIO Water Technologies, Bureau Waardenburg and Rodenburg Biopolymers partnered to find an environmentally friendly solution:
A biodegradable three-dimensional solid grid, the BESE-elements® (Biodegradable EcoSystem Engineering Elements) was developed.
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Features/Advantages of BESE-elements®
Made of starch from potato waste the BESE-elements® degrade under environmental influences and do not need composting agents or specific temperatures.
- Environmental-friendly and sustainable material
- Side stream potato starch
- Renewable raw materials
- Carbon neutral, non-toxic product
- Biodegradable and digestible
At first BESE-elements® present a temporary structure and protection for organisms. After a certain time, when sufficient adult organisms built up a structure on their own BESE-elements® break down and the organisms establish and enlarge their natural structure. Currently BESE-elements®…