Currently, the agricultural community in Quebec is looking for conventionnal plant-protection product alternatives. They want to stay competitive while reducing their ecological footprint. This green aspect of agriculture has brought new products in the market of agricultural inputs such as biostimulants. These products claim yield gains and economic gains and they have a limited impact on the environnement. Most of the biostimulants sold in Quebec are seaweed extracts and botanicals, beneficial fungi or beneficial bacteria. It is known that in Asia, the liquid produced by slow pyrolysis of biomass is commonly used to improve the quality and the yield of the crops. Thus, the biostimulant activity of pyrolysis liquids is real. The project proposed to apply this idea for the oil from fast pyrolysis.
The goal of this project is to develop a new range of biostimulants based on pyrolysis oil. These oils will be produced by two pyrolysis system: an auger reacor designed by Irda and CRIQ, and a second one based ABRI-Tech technology and operated by Pyrobiom Énergies. Agricultral biomass (hops residues provided by Houblons des jarrets noirs and hemp seed cake provided by Agrocentre Lanaudière inc.) will be pyrolysed in the first reactor. Pyrobiom Énergies will be pyrolysed barks from the Groupe Rémabec plant in Parent. This project about biostimulant is part of research program initiated by Irda, CRIQ and UQTR. The other aspect of this research is the evaluation of biocide activity of pyrolysis oil which is the subject of a Mitacs postdoctoral position.
The proposed project satisfies the wish of the pyrolysis industry to develop new avenues for the pyrolysis oil apart from the energetic sector. It's the reason Pyrobiom Énergies and Bioénergie La Tuque agreed to be part of the project. They want to extend Quebec's expertise on pyrolysis oil to the agricultural sector. Agrocentre Lanaudière and Agrocentre Fertibec are well-known to promote innovative technology in agriculture. Thus, these companies joined the project with the desire to develop the valorisation of hemp seed cake and to enter in the biostimulant market. These four partners contributed on this project because they see the scientific and economic potentiel of a biostimulant based on fast pyrolysis oil.
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