Utilizing Maggot Bioconversion to Manage Waste, FKM Students Win Third Place in LKTIN in Malang

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UNAIR community health team with other LKTIN participants. (Photo: Committee)

UNAIR NEWS – Under the guidance of Septa Indra Puspikawati S.KM., M.PH. three students of PSDKU Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) Public Health Program won third place in a national Student Scientific Writing Contest. The competition entitled “Innovation in the Young Generation in Optimizing Local Potential Towards Indonesia-Based SDG’s 2030” was held on Friday, November 16 at Malang State University Meeting Hall.

The study on the environmental problem phenomenon has attracted the attention of the three students, Bintang Aji Pangestu, Rica Naudita Krisna Setioningrum and Griselda Malinda Eliza Putri as members.

Met by UNAIR NEWS, Griselda explained the innovation. Griselda said that her team in the competition presented a better and more effective waste management solution.

Through BIOTIN ( Bioconversion of Protein ), she continued, organic waste is utilized by the zero waste method which is converted into more efficient goods.

“Biotin is a bioconversion that utilizes maggots from Hermetia illucens,” she added.

From the left: Griselda Malinda, Bintang Aji Pangestu, and Rica Naudita, make a presentation on the paper. (Photo: Committee)

The results of BIOTIN itself are maggots or Hermetia illucens larvae which are used as poultry feed and fisheries and superior seeds. The by-products of the remaining larval biomass can be used as compost that has high economic value.

Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in 2017, Indonesia is one of the countries with the fourth most populous population in the world with a total population of around 262 million.

The average Indonesian population produces up to 65 million tons of waste per day. The latest research by Sustainable Waste Indonesia (SWI) found that as much as 24% of waste in Indonesia is not managed.

On that occasion, a team of PSDKU UNAIR Banyuwangi students competed with 14 other teams from various universities in Indonesia. Although there was an error in the accumulation of judging values, unexpectedly after the recalculation they won the third place.

“Their innovation has succeeded in answering the existing garbage problems. By breeding thecaterpillars, the process of reducing waste can be done more effectively, “Indra Septa added. (*)

Author: Siti Mufaidah

Editor: Binti Q. Masruroh


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