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CATIE supports Black Soldier Project

  • Project seeks through the insect known as Black Soldier is carried out the treatment and recovery of organic waste in the community of Turrialba, Costa Rica.

January 7, 2019. In July 2018, a research team formed by the SME SyC Ambiental initiated the development of a modular prototype for the application of Black Soldier technology in the treatment of municipal organic waste in the area of Turrialba, Costa Rica.

CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), was proposed as a strategic ally by the Municipality of Turrialba - the place where the institution's headquarters are located - to provide the space because the municipality did not have physical facilities to carry out the research. This project also had the collaboration of the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR) (Technological Institute of Costa Rica) which acts as implementing unit of the Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT) (National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research).

In this way, CATIE collaborates with the local government in an investigation that covers pillars of the country's development such as waste management and use, carbon neutrality and food security.

"This project is an efficient and innovative solution, because the insects, known as Black Soldiers, feed on decomposing organic matter, which allows them to treat organic waste, avoid the release of greenhouse gases and carry out pest control work," said Nandayure Studt, lead researcher of the Black Soldiers Project.

According to Studt, the goals of this project include characterizing the organic waste used as raw material, optimizing the organic waste treatment process for maximum insect protein production, and establishing a process of formulation, packaging, and packaging, marketing of the by-products obtained during the operation of the system.

"The prototype is being developed at CATIE until July 2019, but it is expected to build larger facilities and scale up the project in conjunction with the Municipality of Turrialba," Studt said.


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Nandayure Studt
Lead Researcher of the Black Soldier Project
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Priscilla Brenes Angulo
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