USE OF THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY (HERMETIA ILLUCENS L.) AS AN ALTERNATIVE SOURCE OF CHITIN FOR THE PRODUCTION OF FEED SUPPLEMENTS FOR AQUACULTURE
THE PROJECT AIMS TO SET UP THE REARING OF THE BIOCONVERTER DIPTERAN HERMETIA ILLUCENS L. (THE BLACK SOLDIER FLY) ON AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE IN ORDER TO PRODUCE CHITIN FOR THE FISH FEED INDUSTRY.
- Use of organic material, which would otherwise be lost;
- Get natural feeds;
- Use of increasingly nutritious feeds.
Stage of development
Massive rearing of H. illucens was already set up and optimized in a massive way. Larvae are specifically reared on different organic substrates from the agri-food industry. Pupal exuviae and dead adults are periodically collected and used to extract chitin. Currently, the chitin extraction process is being optimized in order to obtain chitin with the best characteristics for our purpose.
Challenge and needs
- Optimize fish growth;
- Make non-chemical feed;
- Pay attention on the recycling.
The technology is not yet protected by a patent.
Potential markets and targets
- Feed mills that already produce feed for aquaculture based on components of animal origin;
- Feed mills that are interested in developing new products for aquaculture;
- Small fish farmers.
- Feed mills that produce feed with components of animal origin and that have already implemented the necessary equipment in their plant;
- Small fish farmers;
- Feed mills that don’t produce yet feed for aquaculture and could be interested in developing a new technology in order to enter a new market;
- Companies able to optimize the chitin extraction protocols from insects by increasing the yield and the degree of purity in order to provide a product suitable for testing the development of the technology