Biotechnology application of organic waste management using black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens

Document Type : Original Article


1 Faculty of Science, Cairo University

2 Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, HICoE-Centre for Biofuel and Biochemical Research, Institute of Self-Sustainable Building, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 32610 Seri Iskandar, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia


Nowadays, climate change attribution and improper management of waste have great attention. So, it's necessary to use the best environmental practices (BEP) concept in waste management, especially organic type. The most affordable technology which belongs to biotechnology application is black soldier fly larvae (BSFL). So, this research aims to study the ability to use the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens as a bio-recycling tool of fruit wastes.  Quantitatively colorimetric analyses of the harvested BSFL fed on fruit waste were investigated with respect to the control case in this study. The results revealed a significant increase in biomolecules concentration, especially free amino acids with +2.6 x-fold in the fruit waste input with respect to control input materials of BSF colony. Besides, the elevated levels of antioxidants enzymes. These results emphasized the contribution of involving BSFL in converting non-valued input materials into highly valued products that have promising levels of antioxidants and essential biomolecules in an eco-friendly way. This research will be a willing step for getting the recognizing of investors, policymakers, and social entrepreneurs to achieve sustainability and circular economy concept through BSF technology.