Research, Development and Innovation

We are a dynamic Group of highly qualified professionals who strive to outdo ourselves each day and be at the vanguard of the world of animal wellness, health and nutrition. That’s why we designate a significant part of our resources to research, development and innovation.

Our R+D+i Area and laboratories focus on researching, building and innovating in pursuit of techniques, processes and products to offer our customers the best nutritional solutions. We combine talented people with scientific resources to obtain innovative, high-quality products.

Our Laboratories

Our laboratories and research Teams, made up of veterinarians, biologists, chemists and engineers, pursue several lines of action on a daily basis.

On the one hand, they are in charge of monitoring our products and carrying out comprehensive analyses of feed, species and processes:

Our Team analyses fundamental elements of our foods, carrying out sensory testing and analysing their weight, density, diameter, length, closures, flotation, sinking, temperature, hardness and durability.

Our Team also carries out chemical studies, such as the analysis of the nutritional properties of our foods (studying the presence of EPA and DHA, aminogram, calcium, phosphorus and vitamins); analysis of the presence of heavy metals, dioxins and PCBs, pesticides, mycotoxins, TVN, urea, theobromine and amine; and analysis of the water, run off and emissions of our centres and facilities.

Finally, our experts carry out microbiological studies to offset potential problems in some species (such as the presence of salmonella, enterobacteria, E. coli, Vibrio cholera, botulinum toxin, shigella, staphylococcus, streptococci, c. Botulinum and perfringens).

On the other hand, our R+D+i area and our laboratories also participate in various studies focused on the lines of research below:

Design of new feeding formulas.
Preparation of diets for new species.
Development of new manufacturing processes.
Comparison of results at an industrial level.
Improvement of processes and traceability of the production cycle.

Our Collaborations

Although at Dibaq Group, we have our own internal laboratories that are committed to the sector’s development and growth, we also collaborate with external teams. Convinced that collaboration is essential, we have been working with other centres and institutions to further research, development and improvements.

  • VISAVET Laboratories (Veterinary Health Surveillance)
  • University of Santiago de Compostela
  • CSIC (Inst. de la Grasa de Sevilla)
  • Grupo Nutrigenomica (Complutense University of Madrid)
  • CARTIF (Technology Centre)
  • Galician Aquaculture Technology Centre (CETGA)
  • Breno Research Centre (Czech Republic)
  • Prague Research Centre (Czech Republic)
  • Grupo ACUMA
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia
  • Canary Institute of Marine Sciences (ICCM)
  • Kentucky Equine Research – KER (United States)
  • Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment – DPIPWE (Australia)
  • VET + i (Spanish Platform for Animal Health)
  • College of Veterinarians of Segovia

Research Projects

Thanks to these and other collaborations, we have had the opportunity to participate in countless research projects. Some of the initiatives we are or have been involved include:


This project, entitled ‘Solutions through the new use for a waste of banana crop to develop products in aquaculture and plastics sector’, was launched with the main objective of establishing a new circular economy approach to take advantage of waste generated by banana cultivation and specifically the pseudo stem of the plant. Dibaq Group’s role within the initiative is to develop various feeds for gilt-head bream, including extracts sourced from the residual pulp from the processing of banana plant stems and flowers. This will allow us to continue improving the sustainability of our feeds while reducing the use of fish meals.

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In aquaculture production, biomedical management at facilities is essential for the sustainable development of the sector. Biomedicalmanagement aims to ensure, on the one hand, the health and welfare of the fish and, on the other, the quality and safety of the food produced by aquaculture. In this context, BUVARE has the general objective of improving the exchange of all information and knowledge related to current vaccination practices among value-chain agents in the aquaculture sector (fish farms, veterinary laboratories, feed manufacturing companies and technology centres).

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This initiative, financed by CDTI, has the goal of developing a nutraceutical product with antiparasitic and intestinal immunostimulant properties for various aquaculture species, both marine and freshwater. We aim to improve the impact of feed on fish quality by including in our recipes active ingredients obtained from algae and vegetable extracts derived from the agri-food industry. In fact, the project was launched to meet the increasing need to boost the use of naturally sourced antioxidants while reducing the use of antibiotics, chemical ingredients and synthetic additives. At the same time, we are mindful of the need to maintain nutritional quality and enhance the associated animal health benefits.


Marine aquaculture in the European Mediterranean shows stagnation that contrasts with the development observed in neighbouring countries. In this context, Mediterranean Aquaculture Integrated Development is a four-year project (2017-2021) funded by the European Union’s H2020 Programme. It seeks to identify the sector’s weaknesses in order to provide integrated solutions aimed at solving the main bottlenecks throughout the value chain, establishing a best-practices guide and developing the appropriate technological tools. Its main objectives are to boost the competitiveness and sustainability of Mediterranean marine aquaculture, to improve the sector’s technical productivity and economic performance, to achieve more responsible consumption and to ensure a better social reputation.

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Within the framework of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme and the BBI-RIA initiative, BIOSEA aims to develop and improve profitable, sustainable methods for the industrial-scale cultivation of select species of macroalgae (Ulva ohnoi and Saccharina latissima) and microalgae (Spirulina platensis and Nannochloropsis sp.). The objective? The low-cost production and extraction of high-value active components to be used in different industries, such as food, livestock, aquaculture, health and cosmetics. Dibaq Group is participating with the goal of developing various diets for aquaculture species in the Mediterranean environment by introducing different levels of algae extracts. Thus, our Team aims to continue a line of research it has been pursing in recent years: reducing the use of additives of chemical origin and replacing them with those of natural origin without lowering the quality of our feed and final product, and at the same time, even improving individuals’ autoimmune response to potential pathologies.

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INSECTUM, funded by CDTI, intends to research an innovative system for the recovery of urban bio-waste and agri-food by-products, based on their bioconversion by insects into products with high added value for the human food, animal feed, fertiliser and chemical sectors. This initiative is very much in line with the circular economy, the use of by-products and the reduction of waste, which are Dibaq Group’s main goals. Our Team is participating in this project with the intention of developing new products for animal feed, adding new ingredients and replacing traditional meat and fish meals with high-quality insect meals. That way, we hope to improve animal diets by boosting their nutritional value and to research products that provide specific benefits, such as new natural antimicrobials of peptide origin, antiparasitic or antioxidant capacity, or functional improvements.


Functional foods help to improve the health and well-being of both humans and animals due to the presence of specific concentrations of physiologically active components. They help to modify gastrointestinal physiology and can also reduce or minimise the risk of developing specific pathologies. Due to their importance, IFDEP was launched. This project is funded by ICE as part of the ‘Knowledge Transfer’ programme in collaboration with the Zamarrala Aquaculture Research Centre. With it, Dibaq Group aims to include functional ingredients in our extruded diets and boost the quality of commercial products for fish, improving their nutrition and well-being. We are what we eat, and so are they.