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Potential and prospects for utilization of avocado by-products in integrated biorefineries

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posted on 2023-10-26, 14:02 authored by Beatriz Rodríguez-Martínez, Aloia Romaní, Gemma Eibes, Gil Garrote, Beatriz Gullón, Pablo Del-RíoPablo Del-Río

The industrial processing of avocado to extract oil, and produce guacamole or sauces generates enormous quantities of peels and seeds (around 2 million tons worldwide in 2019) without commercially valuable applications. However, various studies have suggested the presence of a wide range of interesting compounds in the composition of these by-products. This review depicts a thorough outline of the capacity of avocado residues to be converted into a portfolio of commodities that can be employed in sectors such as the food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, environment, and energy industries. Therefore, a novel biorefinery strategy to valorize avocado-processing residues to obtain a polyphenolic extract, pectooligosaccharides, and succinic acid was presented. Additionally, the prospects and challenges facing a biorefinery based on the valorization of avocado residues are presented, particularly its techno-economic feasibility on an industrial scale, aiming for a resource-efficient circular bio-economy.



Bioresource Technology, 2022, 364, 128034



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Authors are grateful to the University of Vigo and CISUG for the financial support of Open Access publication, to the financial support received from “Xunta de Galicia” (contracts ED431C-2021/37-GRC and ED431C 2021/46 to Competitive reference groups Biogroup and BV1, respectively; and Projects ED431F 2020/03 and ED431F 2020/06), and to MINECO (Spain) for the financial support of this work in the framework of the project “Cutting-edge strategies for a sustainable biorefinery based on valorization of invasive species” with reference PID2019- 110031RB-I00, programs partially funded by the ERDF Program of the European Union (“Unha maneira de facer Europa”). A. Romaní, G. Eibes and B. Gullon ´ would like to express their gratitude to the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities for financial support (grant references RYC2020-030690-I, RYC2018-024846-I, and RYC2018-026177-I, respectively).

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