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March 25, 2022


Valuing waste from regional agri-food industries by exploiting the effectiveness of bioconverting insects, soldier fly larvae, for the production of feed for laying hens and other substances with high added value for the food sector and agriculture is the goal of the FLIES4VALUE project – Insects for the bioconversion of agri-food by-products (co-financed by the Emilia Romagna Region through the POR FESR 2014-2020 and by the Development and Cohesion Fund) which is led by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia – Research Center Interdepartmental for the improvement and enhancement of biological agro-food resources BIOGEST-SITEIA. On 25 March 2022 an interesting discussion was organized between Lara Maistrello, Professor in General and Applied Entomology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, who led the working group that developed the research, with LIFE CHIMERA which, always with a view to circular economy, instead aims to enhance the droppings of laying hens (as well as broilers) for transformation into fertilizer and thermal and electrical energy. A virtuous exploitation of resources which in the case of FLIES4VALUE provides for the enhancement of the organic residue after larval growth as a soil improver for crops and for the potential of biomethanation. The importance of models and technologies that allow autonomy emerged as a further point in common between the two projects, as in this historical moment with a surge in the prices of raw materials and the rise in the cost of gas which also has consequences on the prices of fertilizers , which are obtained from liquefied gas too.

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