Douglas Hunter has recently defended his MSc thesis Feeding the 45 million:
Substituting soybean protein with insect protein within EU poultry & egg production
at the Department of Ecology, SLU. His thesis shows that there is a possibility of massive land winnings with a substitution from soybean meal to insects reared on food bi-products in the poultry industry. Such change in feed could reduce the existing land-convertion pressure on forests to become agricultural land around the globe.
Today we had a talk at the SCB (Society for Conservation Biology) European conference in Jyväskylä Finland with the title “Towards a sustainable insect food production system”. You can find the abstract here.
We wish our new Post Doc Laura Riggi welcome! Laura has a background in research on insect biodiversity in production landscapes and will start to work with us in the beginning of September. She will work with questions on how we can enhance our landscapes to increase biodiversity and at the same time grow feed for food-insects. Interesting studies ahead!
Do you have the right qualifications and are interested in research within this field? Have a read about the 2-year Post Doc position open in our group.
Next week 6 February we are organising together with the research platform Future Food a workshop on insects as food and feed. The focus of the workshop is to bring together researchers from different disciplines within the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and stakeholders to exchange knowledge and discuss collaborations and the future development of the area. We look forward to the day that is likely to be very interesting and move the field a little bit forward!
Pigs are often used as a model for humans in different studies and we have looked how piglets grew on crickets as feed. The study has just come out and have been picked up by several major newspapers! Here you can find it: Study on A Jansson RG
Study on Å Berggren RG
We are participating in the Island Arks conference in Nadi, Fiji. Lots of researchers and NGOs here from different countries around the world presenting their work, as did we!
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