Food supply chain waste: A functional periodic table of bio-based resources

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Title of host publicationWaste Biorefinery
DatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Number of pages18
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9780444639929
ISBN (Print)9780444639936


Food supply chain waste (FSCW) is reaches 1.3 billion tonnes worldwide every year. This feedstock is rich in bio-derived platform chemicals currently underutilized and could help alleviate our societal dependence on crude oil for the production of materials and fuels. This chapter overviews global drivers for a bio-based society within the context of FSCW as a high-volume bioresource that has the potential to deliver functional molecules. Two case studies are reported, namely, vegetable proteins and biomolecules from tropical fruit wastes. The latter is increasingly becoming a global resource as tropical fruits are now consumed globally and not just in the region where they are produced.

    Research areas

  • Bio-based chemicals, Food supply chain wastes, Tropical fruit wastes, Valorization, Vegetable proteins

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