We are thrilled to announce we’ve been awarded £1m to deliver the world’s first nano-material enhanced black soldier fly larvae meal (BSFLM) in collaboration with the incredible Nottingham Trent University.
The project aims to lower the cost of production through the biofortification of a range of cheaper, underutilised waste substrates, whilst improving the growth performance and nutritional value of BSFLM.
The results will enable wider adoption for BSFLM as an alternative hyper-local, low emission protein solution for poultry feed and more.
The initiative is funded by UK Research & Innovation’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and Innovate UK.
“We are circumventing having to use all the supplements currently required, which are expensive, in short supply and not environmentally-sustainable,” said Dr Gareth Cave, a researcher in Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology.
“The insects are essentially loaded with nutrition from waste food products and this then becomes part of a natural diet for the poultry. Importantly, this is a hyper-local, circular and low-carbon way to address a serious challenge in the animal feed sector.”
The research is ongoing, leveraging IP from both parties and close collaboration between the teams. The hope is that one day this technology can increase the range of substrates that BSF can process economically and also help with designing BSF meal that is specific to feeding or other applications.