Bioactives From Agri-Food Wastes: Present Insights and Future Challenges

Molecules. 2020 Jan 24;25(3):510. doi: 10.3390/molecules25030510.


Sustainable utilization of agri-food wastes and by-products for producing value-added products (for cosmetic, pharmaceutical or food industrial applications) provides an opportunity for earning additional income for the dependent industrial sector. Besides, effective valorisation of wastes/by-products can efficiently help in reducing environmental stress by decreasing unwarranted pollution. The major focus of this review is to provide comprehensive information on valorisation of agri-food wastes and by-products with focus laid on bioactive compounds and bioactivity. The review covers the bioactives identified from wastes and by-products of plants (fruits, exotic fruits, vegetables and seeds), animals (dairy and meat) and marine (fish, shellfish seaweeds) resources. Further, insights on the present status and future challenges of sustainably utilizing agri-food wastes/by-products for value addition will be highlighted.

Keywords: bioactive compounds; bioactivity; phytochemicals; sustainability; waste valorisation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fruit*
  • Refuse Disposal*
  • Vegetables*
  • Waste Products*


  • Waste Products

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