Projects / Programmes source: ARRS

Utilization of olive growing by-products

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.03.03  Biotechnical sciences  Plant production  Water, rural space, environment 

Code Science Field
B006  Biomedical sciences  Agronomics 

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
olive growing, by-products, fodder, phenolic substances, composting, encapsulation
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (16)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  17144  PhD Erika Bešter  Chemistry  Researcher  2016 - 2019  108 
2.  18697  PhD Milena Bučar Miklavčič  Chemistry  Researcher  2016 - 2019  299 
3.  10375  PhD Bojan Butinar  Plant production  Principal Researcher  2016 - 2019  258 
4.  17518  Marko Kodra    Technician  2016 - 2019 
5.  05624  Mojca Koman-Rajšp  Animal production  Researcher  2016 - 2019  46 
6.  11889  PhD Andrej Lavrenčič  Animal production  Researcher  2016 - 2019  330 
7.  38145  PhD Jakob Leskovec  Animal production  Junior researcher  2016 - 2019  53 
8.  15194  PhD Alenka Levart  Animal production  Researcher  2016 - 2019  309 
9.  32474  PhD Ajda Ota  Animal production  Researcher  2016 - 2017  79 
10.  15254  PhD Tatjana Pirman  Animal production  Researcher  2016 - 2019  534 
11.  27613  PhD Maja Podgornik  Plant production  Researcher  2016 - 2019  184 
12.  10873  PhD Nataša Poklar Ulrih  Chemistry  Researcher  2016 - 2019  792 
13.  20082  PhD Vida Rezar  Animal production  Researcher  2016 - 2019  297 
14.  00886  PhD Janez Salobir  Animal production  Researcher  2016 - 2019  625 
15.  15466  PhD Mihaela Skrt  Biotechnology  Researcher  2016 - 2019  149 
16.  28831  PhD Vasilij Valenčič  Plant production  Researcher  2016 - 2019  139 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  64,118 
2.  1510  Science and Research Centre Koper  Koper  7187416000  11,578 
In March 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a Regulation, which will greatly facilitate the access of organic fertilizers and fertilizers from the waste to the EU single market, and therefore in the preparation of recommendations these provisions will have to be taken in account. In olive cultivation and processing, there are several by-products: olive pomace with different moisture content, olive leaves and vegetation water and in some technologies subsequently separated olive stones. Use of by-products in olive growing is very diverse, the processing technology has strong impact on them. In accordance with the new technologies of production and processing, the legislation, which has to follow the general requirements of the European agricultural and environmental legislation, is changing, taking into account the specific characteristics of each Member State. Olive and olive oil production generate large amounts of waste biomass (olive leaves, olive pomace), which is disposed  to the environment represent an environmental problem, but on the other hand it can also be utilized. Different strategies for  reuse of the by-products are known, including the production of renewable energy by incineration. New modern technologies are based on reducing the use of additional water with the use of two-phase decanters, yielding the two products from the mills: oil and wet olive pomace. It is estimated that half of Slovenian olive oil production already utilizes new technology; therefore, it is of utmost importance to explore new opportunities for the utilization of by-products from the processing of olive growing. The project will prepare necessary background and recommendations, which will prescribe the utilization and the sustainable management of by-products from processing of olives, taking into account new technologies, increased quantities of by-products, environmental requirements and new scientific knowledge in this area. Available relevant literature and legislation from the field of the by-products in olive growing and the present situation in the field will be inventoried and the composition and nutritional value of by-products will be determined. We will also examine the use of olive pomace and vegetation water on agricultural land and prepare the guidelines that would take into account new processing technologies and environmental legislation and make good use of by-products for the sustainable development’s needs of the industry. At the same time, we will examine the use of olive pomace composting, elaborate guidelines that will take into account environmental rules for composting and the specifics of Slovenian olive growing and study the economic effects of the use of olive pomace on agricultural land use and composting. Olive leaves and olive pomace do not have a high nutritional and feed value, but they can still be useful sources of energy and nutrients for the animals. In addition, they are a source of plant secondary metabolites - phenolic compounds with antioxidant effect, which can have a positive impact on animal health and the quality of their products. Both the leaves and olive pomace contain anti-nutritive substances (lignin, tannins, copper, phenolic compounds, if in excess), so they can be added to the feed rations only in limited quantities. The technology of preservation and storage of olive pomace and leaves is big and still unresolved problem and practical application and the recommendations in the preparation of fodder ratios are scarce. Plant bioactive substances characterize pulp and olive leaves. Of big interest are mainly the phenolic compounds, which naturally limit their biodegradability. They can have a variety of biological effects in humans and animals: antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antilipidemic. For use of the of antioxidant effects of phenolic compounds in animal nutrition, precise knowledge of their content is required, theref
Significance for science
From the standpoint of science in the project the originality lies in the set of activities related to the digestibility of olive leaves and pomace (alperujo), not only in poultry but also pigs and ruminants. The project’s importance in the professional field is its ability in focusing on possibilities of using by-products of olive growing in animal nutrition, and locally available food (fodder) sources.
Significance for the country
The realization of the proposed activities will contribute to the upgrading project TROPLO (composting pomace) and the program of the EU Project MORE (Market of Olive residue for Energy), where researchers from UP ZRS in collaboration with olive-millers succeeded in transferring technology of separating olive kernels from pomace in practice. Some olive mills facilities use separated olive kernels for energy purposes, with the extraction of olive processing remains it would be possible to obtain biologically active compounds. Therefore, the project aims towards extraction and characterization of the phenol substances profile from the olive pomace and wet pomace containing olive kernels and test the antioxidant and antimicrobial activity. The results will make it easier to establish a sustainable management strategy of the by-products of olive growing and the possibility of using bioactive substances obtained thus adding the value to production remains in olive growing and olive processing. With newer technologies, in addition to olives brought into the mill also considerable quantities of leaves appear, so we expect that the biophenol extract from the olive leaves could increase the benefit of production remains in olive growing. The results will be aimed at Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, for the creation of a sustainable strategy for management of olive production remains and Slovenian producers and processors with the acquisition of value-added by-products and the possibility of marketing.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2018, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2018, final report
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