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Nutritional Value of the Larvae of the Alien Invasive Wasp Vespa velutina nigrithorax and Amino Acid Composition of the Larval Saliva

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School of Food Science and Biotechnology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Korea
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Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Korea
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Department of Integrative Biology, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Korea
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School of Applied Biosciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Korea
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Foods 2020, 9(7), 885; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9070885
Received: 30 May 2020 / Revised: 30 June 2020 / Accepted: 30 June 2020 / Published: 6 July 2020
The systematic investigations on the value of social wasps as a food resource are deficient, in spite of the long history of the utilization of social wasps as food and pharmaceutical bioresources. Vespa velutina nigrithorax is an invasive alien wasp species that is currently dominating in East Asia and Europe, bringing huge economic damages. As a control over alien species is made when the valuable utilization of the invasive species as a potential resource are discovered, investigations on the potential of V. v. nigrithorax as a useful bioresource are also in demand. Nutritional and heavy metal analyses of the larvae revealed their balanced and rich nutritional value and safety as a food resource. The larval saliva amino acid composition was investigated for further study on amino acid supplementation and exercise enhancement. View Full-Text
Keywords: edible insects; alternative food resource; wasp larva; Vespa velutina nigrithorax edible insects; alternative food resource; wasp larva; Vespa velutina nigrithorax
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Jeong, H.; Kim, J.M.; Kim, B.; Nam, J.-O.; Hahn, D.; Choi, M.B. Nutritional Value of the Larvae of the Alien Invasive Wasp Vespa velutina nigrithorax and Amino Acid Composition of the Larval Saliva. Foods 2020, 9, 885. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9070885

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Jeong H, Kim JM, Kim B, Nam J-O, Hahn D, Choi MB. Nutritional Value of the Larvae of the Alien Invasive Wasp Vespa velutina nigrithorax and Amino Acid Composition of the Larval Saliva. Foods. 2020; 9(7):885. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9070885

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Jeong, Hyeyoon; Kim, Ja M.; Kim, Beomsu; Nam, Ju-Ock; Hahn, Dongyup; Choi, Moon B. 2020. "Nutritional Value of the Larvae of the Alien Invasive Wasp Vespa velutina nigrithorax and Amino Acid Composition of the Larval Saliva" Foods 9, no. 7: 885. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9070885

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