The commercial insect sector is relatively new and the sector is facing with many research questions for further innovation of the insect chain. The Study Commission on Insects addresses all questions in the area of biomass as substrate for insect rearing, nutritional requirements of insects, insect production, ethical aspects, processing methods of insect products, feeding value of insects (products) in animal feed, functional properties of insect products in animal feed, market applications, regulatory issues, consumer acceptance, environmental and socio-economic sustainability. Frequent joint sessions will be organized with other Study Commissions addressing different disciplines, such as animal genetics, physiology, nutrition, animal health and welfare.

Working groups 

The Insect Commission has two working groups established during EAAP 2019 in Ghent:

  1. Standardization of methods, parameters and terminology in insect research (chaired by David Deruytter)
  2. Nutrition for insects as well as insects as feed ingredient in feed for livestock (chaired by Laura Gasco)


The Insect Study Commision is the European specific network in the field of insects as feed, food and non-food and is an excellent opportunity to obtain the latest knowledge, making new contacts, creating a broader network and offers a platform for larger initiatives of collaboration.

Latest Publications

For the full publication’s list, please visit the Official Website

Elahi, J. Wang, Y. Ma, S. Wu, J. Wu, G. Qi, H. Zhang. 2020. Evaluation of Yellow Mealworm Meal as a Protein Feedstuff in the Diet of Broiler Chicks.

Sypniewski, B. Kierończyk, A. Benzertiha, Z. Mikołajczak, E. Pruszyńska-Oszmałek, P. Kołodziejski, M. Sassek, M. Rawski, W. Czekała, D. Józefiak. 2020. Replacement of soybean oil by Hermetia illucens fat in turkey nutrition: effect on performance, digestibility, microbial community, immune and physiological status and final product quality.

Biasato, I. Ferrocino, S. Dabbou, R. Evangelista, F. Gai, L. Gasco, L. Cocolin, M.T. Capucchio, A. Schiavone. 2020. Black soldier fly and gut health in broiler chickens: insights into the relationship between cecal microbiota and intestinal mucin composition.

Caimi, L. Gasco, I. Biasato, V. Malfatto, K. Varello, M. Prearo, P. Pastorino, M.C. Bona, D.R. Francese, A. Schiavone, A.C. Elia, A.J.M. Dörr, F. Gai. 2020. Could Dietary Black Soldier Fly Meal Inclusion Affect the Liver and Intestinal Histological Traits and the Oxidative Stress Biomarkers of Siberian Sturgeon (Acipenser baerii) Juveniles?

Hoffmann, M. Rawski, S. Nogales-Merida, J. Mazurkiewicz. 2020. Dietary inclusion of Tenebrio molitor meal in sea trout larvae rearing: effects on fish growth performance, survival, condition, and GIT and liver enzymatic activity.

Star, T. Arsiwalla, F. Molist, R. Leushuis, M. Dalim, A. Paul. 2020. Gradual Provision of Live Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) Larvae to Older Laying Hens: Effect on Production Performance, Egg Quality, Feather Condition and Behavior.

Chemello, M. Renna, C. Caimi, I. Guerreiro, A. Oliva-Teles, P. Enes, I. Biasato, A. Schiavone, F. Gai, L. Gasco. 2020. Partially Defatted Tenebrio molitor Larva Meal in Diets for Grow-Out Rainbow Trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum): Effects on Growth Performance, Diet Digestibility and Metabolic Responses.

Li, T.M. Kortner, E.M. Chikwati, I. Belghit, E.J. Lock, Å. Krogdahl. 2020. Total replacement of fish meal with black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae meal does not compromise the gut health of Atlantic salmon (Salmosalar).

Ites, S. Smetana, S. Toepfl, V. Heinz. 2020. Modularity of insect production and processing as a path to efficient and sustainable food waste treatment.

A.J. da Silva Lucas, L.M. de Oliveira, M. da Rocha, C. Prentice. 2020. Edible insects: An alternative of nutritional, functional and bioactive compounds.

Other activities

  • Preparation of the draft scientific program for the annual EAAP meeting, selecting the themes to be included in the program, preparing the call for abstracts and review of the received abstracts and establishing chairs for the different sessions.
  • Dissemination of the activities of the Insect SC
  • Managing the Insect Website
  • Creating strong links with industries
  • Creating a European platform for consortia to participate to EU projects
  • Planning of workshops
  • The planned sessions

Future plans

  1. Developing and implementing a network with all the actors of the insect-producing cycle
  2. Creating working groups and collaborations for innovative researches in this field
  3. Sharing acquired knowledge to scientific community, stakeholders, and civil society
  4. Identifying future trends or developments and standardization
  5. Integration and collaboration with other bodies (EU Commission for legislation issues, etc.)

Sessions during the last EAAP meetings

2017 EAAP Tallinn, Estonia

  1. Safety, regulatory, environmental issues and consumer acceptance of insects
  2. Insects in a circular economy

2018 EAAP Dubrovnik, Croatia

  1. Cost effective insect production and high quality insects for feed
  2. Safety, regulatory issues and effects of insects in animal feed

2019 EAAP Ghent, Belgium

  1. Insects in a circular economy
  2. Producing insects on different feeding substrates
  3. Standardisation of research methods and parameters
  4. Insects in animal feed: beyond the protein concept
  5. Match making for research, industry, policy makers
  6. inValuable: lessons and results from the Danish insect value chain (part I)
  7. inValuable: lessons and results from the Danish insect value chain (part II)

Sessions for the next EAAP meeting

2020 EAAP Porto, Portugal

  1. Insect rearing techniques, hygiene and insect diseases
    Keywords for the session: insect rearing, rearing techniques, rearing conditions, automation, hygiene, insect diseases, safety
  1. Insect production for non-food applications
    Keywords for the session: non-food applications of insect products, substrates to grow insects for non-food applications, pre-treatment of substrates, processing, product development
  1. Insect production for feed applications
    Keywords for the session: feed applications of insect products, substrates to grow insects for feed applications, circular economy, processing, safety, sustainability
  1. Health effects of feeding insect products to livestock
    Keywords for the session: animal feed, animal nutrition, bio-active compounds in insects, chitin, antimicrobial peptides, lauric acid, animal health and welfare benefits for animals fed on diets with insect products, immune response, resilience 
  1. Standardization of methods, parameters and terminology in insect research and socio-economic impact (Working group session)
    Keywords for the Working Group Session: insects, research method standardization, standardization of rearing conditions, diet standardization, standardised terminology, results repeatability, performance and quality, large scale prediction, socio-economic impact
  1. Insect Genetics: opportunities and challenges (joint organising with Commission on Animal Genetics)
    Keywords for the session: insect genetics, reproduction, phenotypic traits, genetic diversity, genomic selection and editing, breeding strategies, selective breeding, microbiota, genetic markers, inheritance of traits, epigenetic mechanisms, what can insect breeding learn from genetics in other livestock species?
  1. Insect welfare: is it an issue? (joint organising with Commission Animal Health and Welfare)
    Keywords for the Discovery session: insects, how to define insect welfare, welfare indicators, intrinsic value of insects, behavioural biology, (a)biotic factors affecting insect welfare
Commission Members

Teun Veldkamp
Wageningen Livestock Research (Netherlands)

Laura Gasco
University of Turin (Italy)

Jørgen Eilenberg
University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Christoph Sandrock
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL (Switzerland)

Industry rep.
Marian Peters
IIC – International Insect Centre (Netherlands)

Young Club
M. Ottoboni
M. Shumo