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Cecilia Lalander

Cecilia Lalander


My research is focused on technologies for safe recycling of plant nutrients. I work with different types of organic wastes, but with special focus on food- and toilet waste. I work mainly with fly larvae composting, in which fly larvae are used to convert the organic waste into animal feed (larvae) and organic fertiliser (treatment residue).


Co-supervisor for PhD candidates:


Luis Fernando Perez Mercado, working title: Hygienically safe wastewater irrigation in Cochabamba valley.

Alice Isibika, working title: Fly larvae composting of banana juice press cake.

Prithvi Simha, working title: Urine drying.

Supervison (main and co-supervisor) of master thesis projects:


Lucia Motlogelwa Ledwaba, working title - In-situ vermicomposting of faeces in a dry composting toilet

Nils Ewald, Fatty acid composition of black soldier fly larvae - impact of rearing substrate


Kristina Lundgren, 2019, MSc - Impact of fly specific bacteria on fly larvae composting

Solveig Johannesdottir, 2017, MSc - Uppskalning av fluglarvskompostering - Luftningsbehov och ventilation

Thabani Eddington Chirere, 2016, MSc - A way out of food insecurity and poverty - The potential of using fly larvae composted faeces as organic fertiliser in sub-Saharan African agriculture.

Bram Dortmans, 2015, MSc - Valorisation of Organic Waste – Effect of the Feeding Regime on Process Parameters in a Continuous Black Soldier Fly Larvae Composting System.

Modibo Sidibe, 2014, MSc - Comparative study of bark, bio-char, activated charcoal filters for upgrading grey-water : from a hygiene aspect.

Ramiyeh Molaei, 2014, MSc - Pathogen and indicator organisms removal in artificial greywater subjected to aerobic treatment : comparison of four filter media.

Alexander Myrsten, 2012, MSc - Maskkompostering för behandling av organiskt avfall.


Lovisa Lindberg, 2018, MSc - Utsläpp av växthusgaser och ammoniak under fluglarvskompostering

Selected publications

In peer-reviewed journals:

Lalander, C., Diener, S., Zurbrügg, C., & Vinnerås, B. 2019. Effects of feedstock on larval development and process efficiency in waste treatment with black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens). Journal of Cleaner Production, 208, 211-219

Simha, P., Lalander, C., Ramanathan, A., Vijayalakshmi, C., McConville, J.R., Vinnerås, B., Ganesapillai, M. 2018. What do consumers think about recycling human urine as fertiliser? Perceptions and attitudes of a university community in South India. Water research, 143, 527-538

Perez-Mercado, L.F., Lalander, C., Joel, A., Ottoson, J., Iriarte, M., Oporto, C., Vinnerås, B. 2018. Pathogens in crop production systems irrigated with low-quality water in Bolivia. Journal of Water and Health, 16(6), 980-990

Simha, P., Lalander, C., Vinnerås, B., Ganesapillai, M. 2017. Farmer attitudes and perceptions to the re–use of fertiliser products from resource–oriented sanitation systems – The case of Vellore, South India. Science of The Total Environment, 581–582, 885-896.

Lalander, C., Senecal, J., Gros Calvo, M., Ahrens, L., Josefsson, S., Wiberg, K. and Vinnerås, B. 2016. Fate of pharmaceuticals and pesticides in fly larvae composting. Science of the Total Environment 565, 279-286.

Blomström, A.-L., Lalander, C., Komakech, A.J., Vinnerås, B., Boqvist, S. 2016. A metagenomic analysis displays the diverse microbial community of a vermicomposting system in Uganda. Infection Ecology & Epidemiology, 6.

Dalahmeh, S.S., Lalander, C., Pell, M., Vinnerås, B., Jönsson, H. 2016. Quality of greywater treated in biochar filter and risk assessment of gastroenteritis due to household exposure during maintenance and irrigation. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 121(5), 1427-1443.

Lalander, C.H., Fidjeland, J., Diener, S., Eriksson, S. and Vinnerås, B. 2015. High waste-to-biomass conversion and efficient Salmonella spp. reduction using black soldier fly for waste recycling. Agronomy for Sustainable Development 35, 261-271

Lalander, C., Hill, G., Vinnerås, B. 2013. Hygienic quality of faeces treated in urine diverting vermicomposting toilets. Waste Management, 33(11), 2204-2210.

 Lalander, C., Diener, S., Magri, M.E., Zurbrügg, C., Lindström, A., Vinnerås, B. 2013. Faecal Sludge Management with the Larvae of the Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) - From a Hygiene Aspect. Science of the Total Environment, 458-460, 312-318.

Lalander, C., Dalahmeh, S., Jönsson, H., Vinnerås, B. 2013. Hygienic quality of artificial greywater subjected to aerobic treatment - a comparison of three filter media at increasing organic loading rates. Environmental Technology, 1-12.

Hill, G.B., Lalander, C.H., Baldwin, S.A. 2013. The Effectiveness and Safety of Vermi- Versus Conventional Composting of Human Feces with Ascaris suum Ova as Model Helminthic Parasites. Journal of Sustainable Development, 6(4).

Conference paper:

Diener, S., Lalander, C., Zuerbrugg, C. and Vinnerås, B. 2015. OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS FOR MEDIUM-SCALE ORGANIC WASTE TREATMENT WITH FLY LARVAE COMPOSTING. In 15th International waste management and landfill symposium. Sardinia.


Complete publication list from Research Gate

Researcher at the Department of Energy and Technology; Environmental Engineering Unit
Telephone: 018-673816
Postal address:
Inst för energi och teknik, Box 7032
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala