A Great Dissertation on the Black Soldier Fly- Contains Great Review as well as Studies Examining Nutrition and Density on BSF Development
This Sunday afternoon I spent it doing what I typically do- cruising the internet in search of new information on the BSF. And, to my delight, I came across this wonderful PhD dissertation. I highly recommend it to those interested in gaining a stronger appreciation for what is known about this species while also reading about research conducted by the student on BSF and the role of nutrition and density on development. I also like the art work!
Like with most studies, these were done at a bench top scale. So, take these results with a grain of salt as their application at an industrial scale may not translate into similar outputs. Furthermore, I am not sure of the origins of the BSF colony used for the research. So, it is not clear how the results translate to different populations. With that said- all studies should result in voucher specimens placed in a museum.
Barragán-Fonseca, K. B. 2018. Flies are What They Eat: Tailoring Nutrition of Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens L.) for Larval Biomass Production. PhD, Wageningen University.
Chapters 1&2 focus on the background of the species. I am very impressed by the student's writing and thoroughness (nice publication from this chapter in: Journal of Insects as Food and Feed: 3 (2) - Pages: 105 - 120; but you can access everything in the dissertation- link provided, simply click on citation above).
Chapter 3 explores the impact of of larval density and dietary nutrient concentration on performance, body protein and fat contents of BSF.
Chapter 4 dietary protein and carbohydrates on BSF.
Chapter 5 explored the development of BSF on vegetable waste diets where they were formulated based on nutritional makeup.
Chapter 6 also explored nutrition (protein and carbohydrates) on BSF development.
Chapter 7 is a summary chapter of the research conducted.
Jeffery K. Tomberlin, PhD, and not an artist!
Individuals with over 25 years research experience with the black soldier fly. We are passionate about the science behind the black soldier fly and its ability to convert waste to protein.
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