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Enhanced bioconversion of agricultural residues through cascading use

Challenge: European mushroom farmers use over three million tonnes of compost each year. It is only suitable for one to three harvests, and disposing of it creates significant economic and logistical problems.

Solution: BIOrescue partners developed and tested a resource-efficient biorefinery concept for mushroom compost, allowing its transformation into valuable bio-based products such as bio-pesticides, biodegradable nanocarriers for drug encapsulation, as well as new enzymes. A mushroom farm in Ireland was retrofitted to become a sustainable and efficient biorefinery.

Duration: September 2016 – August 2019

Our role

We were responsible for Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation of the project results, in cooperation with one of our members. Zabala was in charge of the project’s administrative and financial management, acting as the project office.

Contact: James Ling


Final publication

Euronews feature

Policy recommendations

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