LIFE BAQUA will try to improve the quality of fish feed through the banana thallus

  • by admin - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 00:05

2/8/2017.- The LIFE BAQUA project, "Solutions through the new use for a waste of banana crop to develop products in aquaculture and plastics sector" (LIFE15 ENV/ES/000), which belongs to the subprogramme of Environment and Climate Action of the LIFE Program of the European Union, has as main objective to establish a new model of circular economy for the use of waste generated by the cultivation of plantain, specifically the pseudostem of the plant, talo or rolo.

Starting from this waste, and by means of a mechanical process, two different raw materials can be obtained: high quality natural fiber and residual pulp. With the treated fiber, it will be investigated the development of new reinforced polymer-based composite materials that, as an example, may be applied to the automotive sector, as well as biologically based films that, among other applications, can be used in the same plantation for agricultural use or in the manufacture of sacks of fish feed.

With the residual pulp of the fiber extraction process, as a great technological innovation, the development of antioxidant additives and novel raw materials for aquaculture that serve as a complement in the production of feed for fish feed is intended. This substance could be a good option for its use as a source of natural antioxidants, being an alternative to those synthetic currently used.

THE LIFE BAQUA TEAM

The LIFE BAQUA consortium is made up of 6 European partners: The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) who, as well as leader of the Integrated and Advanced Manufacturing Group (CFI) consortium, is a scientific-partner project with another of his research groups: Aquaculture Research Group (GIA); three Spanish companies: Dibaq Diproteg, ADSA and Tecnopackaging; the Swedish Association of the plastics industry: SPIF Svensk Plastindustriförening; and the Slovenian company A MBI-Metalplast d.o.o. that, until 2019, will work to achieve the objectives set. The project has a total budget close to 1.7 million euros, of which the European Union finances 60%.

The Aquaculture Research Group (GIA) of the ECOAQUA Institute of the ULPGC is responsible for the actions related to the valorisation of banana byproducts, in this case the thallus, for its use in diets for aquaculture. These actions that are led by Dr. Lidia Robaina.

CURRENT SITUATION

The project started in July 2016 and, although it is still in a very early stage, the synergies are absolute. The GIA had previously collaborated with Dibaq and ADSA, and with these companies will work on the part of the feed, development of diets and improvement of the quality of the products, deciding among all the objectives of the analytics and use, always thinking about the improvement of feed and health and the quality of the final product for the consumer.

With regard to the species in which it has been thought to develop this research are the sea bass (high trophic level), because it is one of the most consumed species in Europe, and tilapia (low trophic level), a non-carnivorous species and less demanding in terms of food.