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Scientific interest for insects for feed is growing
More and more people are interested in the use of insects as animal feed or as animal feed ingredient. Insect products are allowed for use already in petfood and aquaculture. It is expected that EU-regulations will be adapted in the near future and thereafter insect products may also be used as feed material for poultry and pigs. Research is making progress and the number of papers on insects as mini-livestock increases rapidly as shown during a one-day symposium on “Insects for Feed” during the annual EAAP meeting. Read more
Dr. Deruytter awarded with best presentation
The President of EAAP and the Council of EAAP has awarded Dr Deruytter, Inagro, Applied insect breeding research center, Belgium the “Best Presentation Award”, from the Insects Study Commission (Session 36) during the 69th Annual meeting held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The presentation was on ‘Early prediction of final harvest for the mealworm’.
Dr. Deruytter presented a method to predict the number of offspring in mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) based on the beetle density and or egg density in order to have a more efficient feeding regime and hence a faster growth and more revenue. Two different techniques were assessed to predict the final harvest. In conclusion, it is possible to determine the final harvest at a very early stage via the two presented techniques potentially resulting in more optimal feeding and growth.
Producing alternative feeds and improving availability while reducing their footprint and cost, is a must for competitive aquaculture in the EU. INvertebrateIT aims to promote and facilitate invertebrate production to boost aquaculture in the EU Atlantic basin, and to help develop transversal value chains accessible to SMEs and strategic for coastal regions, assisting in diversification and integration towards Blue Growth and a more Circular Economy. The project aims to deliver three bankable commercial projects implemented through public private partnerships by 2019, and to support overall advance in the medium to long term.
To do so, a contest for ideas for SMEs was launched. Three selected projects will receive technical and business support, including mentoring, match-making, access to funds and assistance vouchers up to €10,000. You can submit your proposal online until 15th January 2018.
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The impact of cricket farming on rural livelihoods, nutrition and the environment in Thailand and Kenya by Afton Halloran. PhD thesis submitted to the University of Copenhagen, August 2017.
After three and a half years of research in collaboration with GREEiNSECT, Afton Halloran has released her thesis paper focusing on cricket farming in Thailand and Kenya. The report highlights that although countries such as Thailand have been engaged in insect rearing for many years, appropriate legislation is not in place, where as in Kenya there is a fundamental lack of awareness about the potential of cricket rearing among local farmers. Halloran also investigates the environmental impact of cricket farming in Kenya and Thailand, as well as providing recommendations for further development.