Digestion with larvae

Planned activites:

° Biotransformation of scraps using larvae of the dipteran Hermetiaillucens sp.;

° Larvae farming under controlled conditions;

° Development of a small-scale prototype assessing the conversion efficacy according to the different biomasses;

° Extraction of: carbon dioxide, fats used in refining processes for cosmetic purposes, fats highly suitable for biodiesel production, proteins exploited for energy purposes, bioactive peptides with antimicrobial properties and others compounds.

Expected outputs:

° Optimisation of larvae farming according to the different types of food scraps;

° Chemical characterisation of larvae and extractable biomolecules;

° Optimised extraction protocols.