Biorescue: Enhanced bioconversion of agricultural residues through cascading use

Inés Del Campo, Irantzu Alegria, Eduardo Otazu, Darragh Gaffney, Ciaran Forde, Petri Ihalainen, Vincenza Faraco, Frederik Wurm, Dan Hayes, Rocio Díaz-Chavez, Jon Etxaniz, Bénédicte Julliard, Mónica Pérez, Juan Sanciñena

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Mushroom production generates three million tonnes of compost each year in the European Union which is currently landfilled or used for landscaping purposes even though it contains valuable organic components. In view of transforming this compost into a new income stream for mushroom producers, the BIOrescue project aims to develop and demonstrate a new innovative biorefinery concept based on the cascading use of spent mushroom substrate (SMS) supplemented by wheat straw (and other seasonal underutilized lignocellulosic feedstocks). This new concept will avoid disposal and allow for the production of some biodegradable bio-based products and bioactive compounds that will help to replace the existing ones based on fossil resources. The research will help to expand the business opportunities of the mushroom cultivation farms, and the know-how and business opportunities of all the partners involved. The main scientific innovations are: improved methods for the lab-based rapid (NIR) (1) analysis of biomass, innovative two step fractionation of SMS, synergistic effects for complete SMS glucan hydrolysis, innovative enzyme immobilisation strategy, development of highly efficient glucan-enzymes, novel lignin based nano- and micro-carriers and biopesticide production from monomeric sugars derived from SMS and their packaging into nanocarriers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - EUBCE 2017
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, EUBCE 2017 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 12 Jun 201715 Jun 2017
Conference number: 25


Conference25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, EUBCE 2017
Abbreviated titleEUBCE 2017


  • Agricultural residues
  • Biobased products
  • Circular economy
  • Rural development
  • Sustainability


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