Special Issue "Sustainable Insect Production for Food, Feed and Technical Application"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Lars-Henrik Heckmann
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Danish Technological Institute, Life Science, Aarhus, Denmark
Interests: sustainability, environmental impact, ecology, entomology, food, feed, insect production, protein technology, regulatory affairs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is intended to comprise a selection of papers from the fast-growing global insect industrial sector, aiming to provide sustainable food, feed, and technical products. The papers span the entire value chain from choice of resources as insect feeding substrate, and insect production, to product application. Sustainability and sustainable development cover environmental, social, and economic dimensions and require a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure a critical and holistic analysis and assessment, as will be reflected amongst the contributions. However, to provide a wider perspective of sustainability, albeit with an emphasis on insects, contributions in other areas such as animal welfare, governance, sustainability assessment, and policies, as well as sustainable management of land and biodiversity, will also be considered. Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

Dr. Lars-Henrik Heckmann
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Insect production
  • Feed and food production
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Economical sustainability
  • Social sustainability
  • Biodiversity
  • Animal welfare
  • Governance and sustainability
  • Sustainability assessment and policies.

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Nutrient Recapture from Insect Farm Waste: Bioconversion with Hermetia illucens (L.) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)
Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 362; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010362 - 02 Jan 2020
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Hermetia illucens is an efficient bioconverter able to grow on various different organic materials, producing larvae, which are a good source of protein and fat with applications in the animal feed and biochemical industries. This fly’s capacity to reduce huge amounts of waste [...] Read more.
Hermetia illucens is an efficient bioconverter able to grow on various different organic materials, producing larvae, which are a good source of protein and fat with applications in the animal feed and biochemical industries. This fly’s capacity to reduce huge amounts of waste presents an interesting opportunity to establish a circular food economy. In this study, we assessed the suitability of using organic wastes from cricket and locust farming to rear H. illucens. Larvae developed until adult emergence on all the wastes, with a mean survival of over 94%. Cricket waste allowed faster development of heavier larvae than locust waste. Substrate reduction was particularly interesting on cricket waste (<72%), while locust waste was only reduced by 33%. The nutritional composition of the larvae reflected that of the growing substrates with a high protein and fat content. These results demonstrate the potential of using H. illucens to reduce and valorise waste generated when farming various insects through the production of a larval biomass for use as a protein meal in animal feeds or industrial applications. Full article
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A Nutritional Evaluation of Insect Meal as a Sustainable Protein Source for Jumbo Quails: Physiological and Meat Quality Responses
Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6592; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236592 - 22 Nov 2019
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The use of insect meals in place of soybean meal in diets is critical for sustainable intensification of poultry production, but the utility of this alternative dietary protein source is unknown for the Jumbo quail. Therefore, this study investigated the effect of partial [...] Read more.
The use of insect meals in place of soybean meal in diets is critical for sustainable intensification of poultry production, but the utility of this alternative dietary protein source is unknown for the Jumbo quail. Therefore, this study investigated the effect of partial substitution of soybean with black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) meal on feed intake, physiological, and meat quality parameters of Jumbo quails. Three hundred and fifteen mixed-gender quails (53.8 ± 5.19 g live-weight) were reared on five isonitrogenous and isoenergetic experimental diets formulated by replacing soybean products with BSFL meal at 0 (BSFL0), 25 (BSFL25), 50 (BSFL50), 75 (BSFL75), and 100 (BSFL100) g/kg. Feed intake, body weight gain, gain-to-feed ratio (G:F), blood parameters, and carcass and meat quality traits were determined. Quadratic trends were observed for overall feed intake (y = 605 (±17.56) + 2.1 (±0.82)x − 0.02 (±0.008)x2; R2 = 0.20; p = 0.023) and overall body weight gain (y = 155 (±4.70) + 0.57 (±0.22)x − 0.005 (±0.002)x2; R2 = 0.22; p = 0.026) in response to BSFL levels. However, there were neither linear nor quadratic trends for meat quality and blood parameters, except for albumin-to-globulin ratio. Only gizzard size linearly increased (y = 0.05 (±0.004)x + 2.3 (±0.09); R2 = 0.18; p = 0.04) with BSFL levels. We concluded that BSFL meal could replace soybean products in Jumbo quail diets at 54 g/kg without compromising weight gain and meat quality. Full article
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