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The MICROBIOCAP project demonstrates advances in post-harvest technology of fruits and vegetables through the microencapsulation of bioplaguidas.

01.02.2017 |

The need to improve agricultural productivity and its sustainability is one of the most important challenges facing humanity. Around 40% of the world harvest yield is destroyed by pests before harvesting. Therefore, researching and implementing improvements in pest management should be a very important way of increasing population access to food. Agriculture needs to meet the food needs of a rapidly expanding global population without posing a risk to the environment.


CTIC-CITA (Centro Tecnológico Empresarial Alimentario) has participated in the development of the MICROBIOCAP project which aims to improve post-harvest treatments by microencapsulation of the active material of biopesticides and biopesticides to protect it from the high temperature (400 ºC) subjected during the thermo-fog , used for the application of treatments after harvest. Thermonebulization is an optimal method for the application of plant protection products, but it is used at very high temperatures.

Governments around the world are putting in place policies aimed at reducing the use of conventional pesticides. Research efforts in this project have focused on the development of alternatives to chemical pesticides in commercial crops.

The main objective of MICROBIOCAP is the optimization of the microencapsulation process of bioplaguidas and essential oils, as well as the evaluation of the efficiency of the process through different techniques of application of the microencapsulated product.

The project has had many phases and in each of them has been marked an objective. Throughout it, we have selected the biopesticides and essential oils that will be microencapsulated and analyzed. In addition, the antimicrobial efficacy has been evaluatedvitroof the active ingredients selected.
The research carried out has been carried out with different encapsulating materials and the parameters of spray drying of the selected active materials have been optimized. As well as an evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of the microencapsulation process and the biopesticides.
Finally, with MICROBIOCAP, it was proposed to optimize the conditions of application of the active agents on a pilot scale and to evaluate the effect of the treatment.

The project has been achieved thanks to the collaboration of AGROFIELD, which has led the pilot-scale application, UNIVERSITY OF LA RIOJA, which has evaluated the effectiveness of the treatment and CTIC-CITA that has promoted and led the project.

With initiatives such as MICROBIOCAP, CTIC-CITA encourages competitive improvement of the sector and cooperative projects so that SMEs, with the help of research centers, can face these challenges with ease and guarantee results.
This project, which aims to promote technological development, innovation and quality research, has been funded by ADER through the line IDD - Realization of research and development R & D projects.

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