Grant project deliverable

Sustainable utilization and conversion of post-harvest agricultural waste residues

Grant holder: Dr M John

Institution: CSIR

Grant: CSIR/IU/WRIU/2016/005

Duration: 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019

Status: Complete

Project outline: This project deals with the diversification of agricultural wastes from landfills. The use of waste products such as bagasse and maize stalk residues as a suitable raw material feedstock for beneficiation into high value products will be investigated. As the starting materials for production of bioplastics, biomass wastes have attractive potentials for large-scale industries and community level enterprises. This project will focus on developing a range of biopolymers from individual fractionated components of biomass waste residues and establish the end-of-life options for these novel products.

» Briefing note: Sustainable utilization and conversion of post-harvest agricultural waste residues into value added materials.
» Presentation: John, M.J. and Naidu, D. (2019). Sustainable utilization and conversion of post-harvest agricultural waste residues into value added materials.
» Book: Lefatle, M.C and John, M.J. (2018). Mechanical, rheological and viscoelastic properties of polysaccharide and protein based aerogels. In: Biobased Aerogels: Polysaccharide and Protein-based Materials. Edited by Thomas, S., Pothan, L.A. and Mavelil-Sam, R. Royal Society of Chemistry.
» Publication: Naidu, D.S., Hlangothi, S.P. and John, M.J. (2018). Bio-based products from xylan: A review. Carbohydrate Polymers 179: 28-41.
» Conference poster: Naidu, D. (2018). Films for Food Packaging based on xylan from agricultural waste residues. ICCBN Conference, South Africa.