Special Issue "Insect Micro-Livestock for Feed Supply"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Matteo Ottoboni
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Guest Editor
Department of Health, Animal Science and Food Safety, University of Milan, 20134 Milano, Italy
Interests: feed evaluation; alternative feed ingredient; animal nutrition; sustainable animal nutrition

Special Issue Information

Insects are regarded as interesting alternative protein/energy sources for animal diets and are expected to be increasingly used around the globe as a replacement for conventional feedstuffs. From a circular economy point of view, “micro-livestock” farming represents a way by which food waste biomasses/streams can be upgraded to valuable feed ingredients. In addition to that in insects, interest in earthworms as an alternative feed source is also increasing, with the waste being able to be used as a rich fertilizer. Despite the great potential of insects as an alternative feed ingredient, there are many challenges related to micro-livestock farming, from definition of the optimal rearing condition and automation up to post-harvesting processing and feed production with the final purpose of producing safe food and feed. 

Original manuscripts that address any aspects of micro-livestock farming are invited for this Special Issue. Specifically, topics of interest for this Special Issue are: insect production systems, including processing organic side streams operated using earthworms; challenges related to process optimization, engineering, automation, and security; genetics, nutrition, physiology, issues related to health and ethics of insects in micro-livestock farming; microbial and chemical contaminant management; role of insect rearing condition and processing in defining nutritional features, including implication for feed technology; and micro-livestock role in circular economy and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Matteo Ottobon
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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  • insects
  • alternative feed ingredients
  • circular economy
  • sustainable feed
  • nutritional quality
  • feed safety

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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