The total fruit and vegetable production on Reunion Island is estimated to 87 850 tons (AGRESTE, 2019). More than 60 varieties of tropical or tempered fruits and vegetables can be cultivated on this island thanks to its diverse climates. With increasing volumes of by-products generated by the food sector, the valorization approach implemented by Bioval OI is becoming essential to reduce the environmental impact.
Invasive species represent a threat for the sensitive ecosystem of Reunion Island. By developing at the expense of other species and sometimes leading to the extinction of these species, the invasive plants are now monitored, contained and eventually eliminated. Bioval OI is interested in the valorization of these invasive plants, in order to finance this action for the ecosystem protection. This research axis is in accordance with the Reunion Island’s Biodiversity Strategy (SRB) implemented by the DIREN (Environment Regional Direction) since 2010.