An insider’s overview of the insect industry
More than a Fishmeal replacement.
Insect-based ingredients have been on most feed industry radars for a few years now, as manufacturers look for new ways to provide novel animal-based protein to diets in an effort to reduce the reliance on fishmeal. Recent successes with consumer-facing products bearing ‘insect fed and similar labels have emboldened farms and supermarkets to invest marketing into targeting higher-end, environmentally conscious shoppers, and the potential for making positive environmental impacts is drawing in investment around the world. But how prepared is the industry to support this demand, and what needs to happen before insect-based ingredients (insect meal and oil) become a staple ingredient for feed formulators around the world?
The origins and composition of the BSFL Microbiome.
Black Soldier Fly larvae microbiome has become the target of an increasing number of academic journal publications. These papers are always well received by us insect nerds at Nutrition Technologies because BSFL microbial ecology is central to our process and our research....
Finding new quality control benchmark for BSF mass rearing facilities
Throughout my PhD studies, it was clear that the amount of eggs obtained per generation varies tremendously if parameters such as pupae weight, temperature, and diet are not maintained stable. However I haven’t seen - until now - a study showing a direct impact of pupae weight on pupation rate, weight lost during pupation, egg individual weight, sex ratio, and overall production ...
Adult Reproductive Tract Morphology and Spermatogenesis in the Black Soldier Fly
This article from our Technical Director, Dr Aline Malawey, exposes how BSF fertility can be improved through management methods and production design. It emphasises how advanced research is essential and necessary to develop a cutting edge insect industry...
Dogs and Cats Readily Accept Insect-Based Protein and Oil
Dogs love it ! Tasty and healthy Black Soldier Fly protein is a great sustainable alternative to fishmeal that is both hypoallergenic and full of vital nutrients and minerals. The following article show that 20% inclusion of Black Soldier Fly protein meal in dogs' feed led to tremendous results.
Replacing Fish Meal with Insect Meal in the diet of Atlantic Salmon
Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae meal is a great sustainable alternative to fish meal, that not only maintains performance but also provides additional functional benefits. This interesting article shows evidence of new benefits from the use of BSF in the Atlantic Salmon diet. Arsenic levels in Salmon seem to drop substantially with the increase of BSF larvae meal inclusion in their diet.