Agricultural residues as a source of bioactive natural products

Author(s): Santana-Méridas O, González-Coloma A, Sánchez-Vioque R


Agricultural industry produces billions of tons of residues in non-edible portions derived from the cultivation and processing of a particular crop. These residues can cause pollution, management and economic problems worldwide. This is the reason for the development of different strategies to use agricultural and industrial residues as a source of high value-added products. This review gives an overview of the potential of agricultural residues as raw materials for the production of bioactive products considering their availability, processing, and their chemical and biological properties. We also provide new data on the potential as biopesticides of some selected crop- and processing-based residues.

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