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Fruit-refinery: obtention processes, characterization methods and generation of products derived from residues of the fruitculture

Grant number: 17/22401-8
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: May 01, 2019 - April 30, 2024
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal researcher:Nelson Ramos Stradiotto
Grantee:Nelson Ramos Stradiotto
Home Institution: Instituto de Pesquisa em Bioenergia (IPBEN). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil
Pesquisadores principais:
Adilson Roberto Gonçalves ; Jonas Contiero
Assoc. researchers:Adilson Roberto Gonçalves ; Afonso Lopes ; Celso Eduardo Tuna ; Edvaldo Aparecido Amaral da Silva ; Eleni Gomes ; Eliana Gertrudes de Macedo Lemos ; Henriette Monteiro Cordeiro de Azeredo ; Hideko Yamanaka ; Jeferson Gross ; José Luz Silveira ; Marcelo Firmino de Oliveira ; Maria Del Pilar Taboada Sotomayor ; Maria Valnice Boldrin ; Michel Brienzo ; Patricia Alves Carneiro ; Ricardo Alan Verdú Ramos ; Sandra Imaculada Maintinguer
Associated grant(s):19/26755-4 - Multi-user Equipent approved in grant 2017/22401-8 - Gas Chromatograph FID TCD headspace with automatic injector, AP.EMU
19/25088-4 - Multi-User Equipment approved in grant 2017/22401-8: APC Advanced Polymer Chromatography System, AP.EMU
Associated scholarship(s):20/11104-5 - Whole utilization of fruits processing waste for the production of biopolymer films with UV-blocking properties for biodegradable packaging, BP.PD
21/02370-6 - Electrochemical sensor molecularly imprinted on a nanostructured surface for the determination of 3-hydroxydecanoic acid in rhamnolipids produced from agro-industrial residues of guava, BP.IC
21/02550-4 - Electrochemical sensors based on electrodes modified with copper nanopores and molecularly imprinted polymers for determination of xylobiosis in banana peel and pulp, BP.IC
+ associated scholarships 20/15155-3 - Application of banana waste in the production of value-added co-products by anaerobic biological processes, BP.DD
20/06189-1 - Production and characterization of rhamnolipids produced from alternative substrates, BP.MS
20/14965-1 - Fruit-refinery: obtention processes and chracterization methods, BP.DD
20/14933-2 - Evaluation of polymerizing compounds in films based on biomass polysaccharides, BP.IC
20/09166-2 - Prebiotic and antioxidant effect of glucose oligosaccharides obtained from banana pseudostem, BP.IC
20/09193-0 - Sugarcane bagasse xylan acetylation and its effect on biofilm formation, BP.IC
20/02434-1 - Using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae PE-2 for production of D-lactic acid, BP.DD
19/26924-0 - Application of xidized lignins obtained from banana residues in the treatment of industrial effluents containing heavy metals, BP.IC
19/16853-9 - Biodegradation evaluation of films made with plant biomass polysaccharides, BP.MS
20/01900-9 - Lignins from banana residues evaluated as chelating agents and controlled-release formulations, BP.DD
19/13818-8 - Development of disposable sensors based on 3D graphene oxide, metal nanoparticles and molecularly imprinted polymers for the determination of phenolic acids in fruticulture waste, BP.DR - associated scholarships


The national fruitculture is one of the most important sectors of Brazilian economy, with significant contributions to the production of fruits, industrialized juices and sweets, exportations of industrialized food, and large-scale employment. Despite its great importance for the national economy, the agroindustry generates huge amounts of residues which contribute to increasing problems related to environmental issues. For this reason, our current project has the following four major aims: 1) to propose rational uses for residues derived from the fruitculture industry; 2) to generate high-value products; 3) to develop new methods for obtention and 4) to apply new methods of characterization for raw materials and products. The project's overarching goal is to establish a Fruit-Refinery using as raw materials residues generated by the agroindustrial sector of the national fruitculture. Thereby, this project intends to transform agroindustrial residues from fruits such as orange, banana, mango, pineapple and guava, by using processes such as microbial fermentation, enzymatic hydrolysis, auto-hydrolysis, and bioelectrochemistry, and by applying new methods for characterization of raw materials and their respective derived high-value compounds. The Fruit-Refinery outlined in this project proposes to yield high-value products such as: biodegradable polymers (poly(D-lactic acid) and polyhydroxyalkanoates), biosurfactants (ramnolipids), prebiotics (xylo-oligosaccharides), biomaterials (derived from cellulose and lignin) e biofuels (hydrogen and methane). (AU)

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