We met lots of people at the university’s open campus day last Saturday. Many came to our talk and visited our little set-up where we talked about our research, showed insects, photos and films. Many in the general public are super interested in the subject and we tried to answer as many questions as we could!
Two students from Högbergsskolan in Sweden (highschool) have done their final project work focused on their fellow students’ attitudes on eating insects. The authors were really interested in the subject and both we and them, and later the involved students and teachers had lots of engaging discussions. You can read the study below (in Swedish) “Insekter som proteinkälla. Undersökning av ungdomars åsikt“ (“Insects as a protein source. Study on the opinion of youth”).
If you are in Uppsala, Sweden and are interested in some of the work we do, come by at the University’s Open day 30th of September! We’ll be there with some insects, films and happy to talk and answer questions.
Open day info on FB
These are the two posters we presented at the conference. The top one the is the one that Phalla got Best poster of the conference award for. The second one is showing some of the master’s work that our Veterinarian student Gabriella has done on feed and amino acid content of crickets:
Growth of reared Cambodian field crickets (Teleogryllus testaceus) fed weeds and agricultural and food industry by-products
Amino acid contents of field crickets fed chicken feed, cassava tops and weed
We have just returned home after participating at the Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) that was in Tallinn this year. For the first time the conference had research on insects as food and feed, as a part of the conference. One whole day’s parallel session was devoted to this https://eaap2017.org/programme/#08-31. We had both talks and posters and Phalla (PhD-student) got awarded the best poster of the whole conference – big congratulations to Phalla! A good achievement as there were plenty of posters on display – over 300.
Art meets science in the Agricultura exhibition in Malmö, Sweden. Here you can see artworks, installations and talk to the artists. It is focused on food and agriculture (in new ways) and will run until 27th of August. We have been in discussion with one of the artists Erik Sanner about insects as a future food source for the development of his installation. See about the exhibition here
This is a master thesis by two students at Stockholm school of economics, Sweden who have focused their work on the market formation of insects as a new food source in Sweden. We participated with information and discussions about the biology of insects and our current work. The work “What’s bugging Sweden? A qualitative study on the market formation for edible insects in Sweden” is in english. Norell & Runnö 170607.pdf
A part of our work is communicating with students that are on different levels in school. Many young people are interested in insects as a potential food source and have lots of interesting questions and ideas. Its great to see their energy and drive! This report is from 6 students at Globala Gymnasiet (a highschool) in Stockholm, Sweden that that did a study where they compared insects and soy as human food. The work is based on literature, interviews and questionnaires, is in Swedish with an english abstract. GyA- Framtidens proteinkälla Ylva Palmgren Na14a.pdf
Nu har Merko Vaga börjat arbetet som Post Doc i projektet! Merko skall i första hand arbeta med de studier som rör utfodring, vattenbehov och uppfödningssystemet.
Post Doc Merko Vaga has now joined the project! Merko will work mainly with the studies on feeding, water requirements and housing of the crickets.
Phalla, our PhD student has been here for two months now and we are about to submit a new manuscript about field crickets as a nutrient source!
Phalla, vår doktorand från Kambodja har varit här i två månader nu och vi bland annat arbetat med ett manuskript om fältsyrsans näringsvärde!