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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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BioBoost welcomes three new partners

BioBoost welcomes three new partners

The Monitoring Committee of the Interreg 2 Seas Programme has approved a project modification in the beginning of September 2018. Two companies Renewi and Greenpack left the project, because of changed strategies and market circumstances and three other companies joined: Tomabel, Comgoed Biomass and Sustainable Protein.

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Successful speed date insect stakeholders at Inagro for BioBoost

Successful speed date insect stakeholders at Inagro for BioBoost

On Tuesday afternoon 9 October twenty insect stakeholders participated in a speed date. This was organized within the framework of the project BioBoost.

Insects stakeholders are often looking for a specific link in the chain to build a sustainable business. Therefore Inagro brought stakeholders from various sectors (cultivation, infrastructure, feed, automation, producers of finished goods ...) together.

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BioBoost in action at Witlof Biënnale 2018 and Food WasteNet event

BioBoost in action at Witlof Biënnale 2018 and Food WasteNet event

On 28 and 29 September the Witlof Biënnale 2018 (Chicory Biennale) took place in Etten-Leur (NL) to discuss the developments in the chicory sector in Western Europe. BioBoost partner Ilvo was present and discussed in a lecture and panel the possibilities of using chicory residuals for alternative purposes.

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Breaking the Barriers to the Circular Economy

Breaking the Barriers to the Circular Economy

he Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and Deloitte have jointly carried out research on barriers to the Circular Economy (CE) in the European Union. For this research, a survey with businesses, government officials and expert interviews with leaders on the circular economy have been carried out. Two types of barriers emerged as main barriers.

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Closing event “Entomatisation” Tuesday 9 October 2018

Closing event “Entomatisation” Tuesday 9 October 2018

Partners of the BioBoost project Inagro and Vives hold a closing event on Tuesday 9 October 2018 in Rumbeke-Beitem (BE) called “Entamatiosation”.

The consumption of edible insects is widely regarded as one of the measures to ensure the sustainability of food production. In addition, the feed industry sees potential in insects as alternative protein source to supplement or replacement of soy.

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Newsletter July 2018

Newsletter July 2018

In the July newsletter you will find a.o. a flashback to the BioBoost seminar,  Partner Inagro visits the International Conference for Bio-based materials in Cologne, and more about the possibilty of manufacturing a T-shirt made of tomato stems.

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T-SHIRT OF TOMATO STEMS?

T-SHIRT OF TOMATO STEMS?

BioBoost contributes to research possibilities

The textile industry is after the oil industry the most polluting in the world. At the same time, there are large amounts of vegetable waste from horticultural areas, such as the stems of tomato plants. Is it possible to use these tomatoes stems as raw material to create and design a Tomato-T-Shirt?  

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