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Flies to process organic waste in Jeju
The Jeju Agricultural Technology Center and Insung Industry are carrying out an organic resource processing technology trial project using ptecticus tenebrifers, a type of fly, to deal with rotten tangerines and food waste in Jeju.
Insung Industry's breeding facility is home to tens of thousands of ptecticus tenebrifers. During the tangerine harvest season, they often consume seven to eight tons of rotting tangerines every day.
During the off-season, they consume 1.7 tons of mandarin juice residuals every day.
To allow ptecticus tenebrifers to process 40 kilos of rotting tangerines in five days, the center intends to experiment with the distribution of tiny ptecticus tenebrifer breeding facilities to nearby farmers.
Ptecticus tenebrifers larvae and adults are both approximately 20 millimeters long on average. They have an excellent ecological capacity for swallowing and decomposing organic items such as food waste.