Biotechnological Upgrade of Fruits Waste Biomass: A Preliminary Assessment

M. Zazpe, I. Ortigosa, I. Del Campo, I. Alegria, O. Martinez, I. Echeverría, M.J. Saiz, A. Romo, E. Garayoa, C.J. González, P. Pouech, C. Ferrer & C. Galibardy
The annual production of fruits in Navarre (Spain) and Aquitania (France) is approximately 454.123 tons and vegetable production was about 1.202.762 tonnes (2003-2007 MARM and Eurostat). Considering current production processes approximately 12% of the amounts processed are wastes. This percentage could be increased until 40-60% depending on the process, so annual production of organic wastes could be approximately between 200.000 -800.000 tonnes/annual. Kiwi, peach and strawberry by-products from fruits food processing industry were tested as...