Anna J will have a presentation at an international conference in Vientiane, Lao PDR (17-19 December). The conference is entitled “Improving food security and income generation in Lower Mekong Basin through sustainable farming systems under climate change” and is supported by Swedish SIDA, SLU and also by local organisations. Her talk is entitled “Entomophagy – is it of relevance also for Europe?” For questions about the conference please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ida Waern at the department of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry (AFB at SLU) got 3 millions in fundning from Formas! The project is called “Insects as new food – new cases of allergy?” (Framtidens mat insekter – finns det allergirisker?) and will be performed in collaboration with researchers from AFB (Sara Wernersson and Anna Jansson), Uppsala university hospital (Akademiska sjukhuset) and Thermo fisher (Magnus Borres among others).
Xavier Fernandez‐Cassi and Alexandru Supeanu (both on a EFSA fellowship at SLU) did a great job working on a report while being at SLU: “Novel foods: a risk profile for the house cricket (Acheta domesticus)”. (Fernandez‐Cassi X, Supenu A, Jansson A, Boqvist S and Vagsholm I. 2018. EFSA Journal 16.) https://efsa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2018.e16082
We had two contributions to the conference this summer; “Evaluation of reusable hiding units for rearing house crickets” (M. Vaga, E. Gustafsson, A. Jansson) and also “Morphology and localization of carbonic anhydrase in the digestive tract of the house cricket” (L. Holm, E. Thorsson, A. Jansson). The latter abstract was based on the work by veterinary student Elina Thorsson and her master Thesis (to be found here: https://slub-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=SLUB_EPSILON_STUD13415&context=L&vid=SLUB_V1&search_scope=default_scope&tab=default_tab&lang=sv_SE).
The project has been subject to a lot of media attention during this autumn! First a journalist from “Universitetsläraren” was here and then also Swedish Televison and UNT (Uppsala Nya tidning)!
A French veterinary student did his internship with us this summer! He participated in a study on sodium intake in the house cricket.
From the “Foodology day” (below) we have a photo on the cricket dish and the recipe created by the famous Swedish chef Paul Svensson. Looks tasty doesn’t it?
Just out is our paper were we point out specifics for insect rearing facilities on different scales, and a way forward how these can be developed. Read our paper here!
We have just recently published a paper in EFSA Journal (vol 16, 2018) entitled: “Novel foods: a risk profile for the house cricket (Acheta domesticus)”
Today we participate in the annual (“Foodology day”) in central Stockholm Matologidag http://matologi.nu. This is a large event open for all, where research and knowledge about food is presented. We have one of Swedens most famous chefs Paul Svensson that have made dishes from our crickets. Come and see us, check out our research and those dishes!