Our proposal for an applied research project was successfully granted by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FWF). Together with an industrial partner specializing on large-scale insect breeding, we are aiming at establishing a highly sustainable biological/enzymatic approach that allows the extraction of chitin/chitosan during processing of larval biomass. Current methods for chitin/chitosan extraction often depend on unsustainable reagents and chemicals, creating large amounts of waste. With this project, we will contribute to further highlight insects as valuable and diverse source of biomolecules.
Project title: Expanding the value chain – biological extraction of chitosan for insect-based waste bioconversion