Circular Organics receives €400,000 research funding from Belgian government

Belgium, 31 July 2020

Circular Organics, part of the Insect Technology Group, begins ‘Encaps2Control’ research project.

We are pleased to announce that our Circular Organics Research & Development team, led by Dr Stefaan Depraetere, have commenced the ‘Encaps2Control’ (E2C) project focused on developing novel and sustainable encapsulation technology.

Our team forms part of a broader group of researchers from Kemin, DCM, Ghent University, and the University of Antwerp, led by Chemstream. Circular Organics will focus specifically on developing encapsulation agents based on chitin derived from black soldier fly larvae. The research carried out in Turnhout, our European technology development and validation centre, will look to address current limitations of additive usage by increasing their bioavailability within animal feed. Encapsulation of additives is a technique that acts as a barrier, protecting the additives and slowly releasing their active component over time. In addition, the work will also research the encapsulation of organic fertilisers that should result in slower chemical, physical and microbiological decomposition leading to controlled release of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

The chitin derived building blocks of this technology are non-toxic and offer the potential for a more sustainable alternative to options currently used as they are biodegradable. They may also possess additional positive characteristics including anti-microbial properties.

Coordinated by ChemStream, the total aggregate budget for all participants is €3.7 million, with Circular Organics receiving just under €400,000 in subsidies for its budgeted work of €800,000. The project will last a total of 36 months, with all participants contributing in excess of 360 person-months to the project’s activities.

The Circular Organics team is excited to play an active role in advancing this research and is thankful to the Flemish government for its support.


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