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BioBoost stand popular at 2 Seas Mid-Term event

BioBoost stand popular at 2 Seas Mid-Term event

On 25 and 26 April the Interreg 2 Seas  Mid-Term event was held in Gent (Belgium). Almost all projects in progress were present at the project market. Many of the 400 participants visited our stand. They had a lot of questions regarding the reuse of horticultural residues and enthusiastically tasted the cookies and burgers made of spent grain that remains after beer production.

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Report ‘Stabilisation Methods and Techniques’

Report ‘Stabilisation Methods and Techniques’

The BioBoost partnership has published a report about the results of the tests with methods and techniques to stabilise residual horticultural biomass fractions. In the report stabilisation with thermal treatments, cooling techniques, fermentation and drying methods is evaluated.

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BioBoost ‘Inventory’ ready

BioBoost ‘Inventory’ ready

The BioBoost partnership has published a document that gives an insight into the three regions involved in their project: Flanders region around Roeselare (Belgium), Westland region (Netherlands) and Lea Valley (UK) with additional reference to Kent. The inventory considers the meaning of a circular and bio-economy for horticulture and describes these key regions, its main crops, by-products and waste streams from the horticultural industry.

The aim of the inventory is to provide a joint basis for the partnership to shape effective actions and stimulate a more circular bio-economy for horticulture; initially in these regions, but ultimately across the country more widely. The inventory serves as input for strategies and approaches that will be developed later in the project. The inventory should also be interesting for anyone with an interest in the horticultural industry.

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BioBoost-video nominated for award! Vote too!

BioBoost-video nominated for award! Vote too!

Interreg 2 Seas organises the Video Awards during their Mid-Term Review event 25 and 26 April in Ghent. BioBoost did send in the video ‘Virtual exploration of the practice centre insect breeding of Inagro’, and the video is nominated! You can support us by voting for our video. You need to vote before 14 April. You can vote here (it takes some time to load the page).

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BioBoost research leads to “healthy” Yacón ice cream

BioBoost research leads to “healthy” Yacón ice cream

After a lot of testing VIVES managed to make a tasty and "healthy" yacón ice cream within the BioBoost project. This turned out to be a far greater challenge than originally thought. Yacón is a new emerging vegetable (root vegetable), with the advantage that it is rich in inulin, a prebiotic with health-giving properties (e.g. against diarrhea).

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WILL SPROUT GROWERS SOON HARVEST ALL THE SPROUT STICKS?

WILL SPROUT GROWERS SOON HARVEST ALL THE SPROUT STICKS?

After the harvest of sprouts mostly sticks and leaves are left behind on the field as a soil improver. Some growers use the flows also as fresh feed for their animals. In addition, the fiber-rich sticks can also be processed into paper or cardboard. At a meeting in "De Heen" in The Netherlands researchers and farmers discussed the possibilities of this residual flow.

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Meeting between BioBoost & InDIRECT

Meeting between BioBoost & InDIRECT

On February 12 a meeting took place between InDIRECT (Horizon 2020-BBI-PPP project) and BioBoost (Interreg 2 SEAS) in Mol (BE). Both projects seek a common goal, namely create value from waste streams from the point of view of circular economy. InDIRECT was represented by the leading partner VITO, for BioBoost Inagro and Vives were present. The meeting was conducted on the work around insects.

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The end of waste: towards a circular economy

The end of waste: towards a circular economy

Can we do something useful with the residual flows of horticulture and with the components of plants, flowers and vegetables? Those are the two great themes of BioBoost, an international project for the development of the biobased economy in horticulture.

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Students VIVES develop a dip sauce with residual streams for BioBoost

Students VIVES develop a dip sauce with residual streams for BioBoost

Vecheese, a company of six students of agro-and biotechnology department of VIVES, Bioboost partner, developed within the project a healthy and sustainable dip sauce. By letting students experiment with new possibilities for residual streams new applications are created.

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Newsletter december 2018

Newsletter december 2018

In the last newsletter of this year more about the three new partners, an update about the T-shirt made of tomato stems, and a successful project of Vives; vegetarian burgers without soya and egg.

But also more about the presence of the BioBoost partners at different conferences, events and exhibitions.

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Update: T-SHIRT OF TOMATO STEMS?

Update: T-SHIRT OF TOMATO STEMS?

BioBoost contributes to research possibilities

Beginning of November the project 'Textile of tomatoes' officially started which is co-financed from the project BioBoost. The first stage is to find out the most promising technique to so-called filament from the horticultural residues. There are two possibilities. The first possibility is to convert the residual streams to Viscose; a technique that especially in the past, received less positive attention due to the use of chemicals. 

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Agri-Tech week seminar: Soil Health and Circular Economy: A Sustainable Future for Agriculture

Agri-Tech week seminar: Soil Health and Circular Economy: A Sustainable Future for Agriculture

At partner in the BioBoost project NIAB in Cambridge UK the yearly Agri-Tech week took place from 5-9 November with on 9 November the seminar “Soil Health and Circular Economy: A Sustainable Future for Agriculture”. Different methods of assessing, improving and maintaining soil health were discussed at this event.

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BioBoost meets sister projects

BioBoost meets sister projects

On 22 November a special meeting took place in Melle (BE). Participants from five project who deal with residual agricultural streams gathered to share knowledge and information and to discuss how they could cooperate. The projects are co-funded by four different Interreg programmes.

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Innovative veggie burgers from horticultural residuals

Innovative veggie burgers from horticultural residuals

Vives successfully with vegetarian burgers without soya and egg

BioBoost promotes utilisation of horticultural residual streams for new products. BioBoost partner Vives therefore is developing new applications including vegetarian burgers. Recently two burgers were developed who not only taste good, but probably will be brought to market also. For the new burgers Vives studied two residual streams: green beans and spent brewers grains.

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1 meal worm, 2 meal worms, .... 3,254,982 meal worms

1 meal worm, 2 meal worms, .... 3,254,982 meal worms

Researcher David Deruytter presented on behalf of BioBoost research results results regarding meal worm growing at the European Federation of Animal Science conference (EAAP, 27-31 August 2017). He was awarded with best presentation in his category!

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BioBoost present at INSECTA 2018

BioBoost present at INSECTA 2018

The 4th International INSECTA 2018 Conference took place in Gießen Germany on September 5-7, 2018. About 250 participants from 32 different countries were present for this Congress with topics such as breeding, legislation and processing of insects. Partner Inagro presented their most recent BioBoost research results here related to the influence of a moisture source, temperature and relative humidity (RH) on the growth of the ordinary mealworm.

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