New Post Doc to the group

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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!

New Post Doc position open!

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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.

Workshop on insects as food & feed

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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!

Conference in Fiji

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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!

Lots of interest at Open day at campus

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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!

Study made by highschool students on attitude of insect eating

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Two students from H├Âgbergsskolan 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 proteink├Ąlla. Unders├Âkning av ungdomars ├ąsikt“ (“Insects as a protein source. Study on the opinion of youth”).

Our posters from the conference

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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

Successful days presenting our work at the EAAP conference

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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.