Re-use of Agro-industrial Waste: Recovery of Valuable Compounds by Eco-friendly Techniques
Volume 10, Number 4, June 2014 - Paper 9 - pp. 419-425
VALENTINA TAURISANO1,2, GIANLUCA ANZELMO1, ANNARITA POLI1, BARBARA NICOLAUS1,2, PAOLA DI DONATO1,21 CNR-National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry - Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078 Pozzuoli (Na), ITALY
2 University of Naples “Parthenope”, Department of Environmental Sciences - Centro Direzionale (Isola C4), 80143 Naples, ITALY
(Received on Aug.05, 2013, revised on Oct.25 and Nov.29, 2013, and finally on Jan.14, 2014)
The global demographic expansion has determined a voracious demand for edible goods, thus also originating the primary issues about the disposal of waste and by-products with high environmental impact. Waste, by-products and effluents coming from industrial processing and agricultural procedures of vegetables and fruit can be defined as biomass, according to CE directive 2001/77. Those raw materials are currently used as compost, animal feed and biofuel production. In addition, these products can be used as starting substrates for the production of high value-added compounds according to the biorefinery concept. In this review, the biorefinery strategy was applied on waste coming from the industrial processing of lemon and tomato, two of the most abundant vegetables in Italy.
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