Adisseo, Entobel join forces on insect protein development

Collaboration aims to improve the production of insect meal

Adisseo and Entobel have agreed to enter a collaboration on research and development into the rearing performance and nutritional requirement of the black soldier fly (BSF).

The two companies will join their respective expertise and work to evaluate the interest and adaptation of the existing solutions. They aim to improve production of insect meal, focused on the performance of the insects and the quality of this protein meal, prioritizing the way to control the ingredients used to feed insects, and how they complement important feed additives, such as methionine and enzymes.

Insects are a promising nutritional alternative to other protein sources for feed and food because they are an excellent bio converter of waste and co-products inedible to humans or livestock. The success of insect production and its adoption by customers will depend on its ability to compete, volume availability and its quality over time. For that, there is a need for transformation in the rearing process based on the insects’ optimal growth performance and producing a meal and oil with good nutritional value, whatever the type and quality of the raw material needed to feed insects.

As a natural bioconverter, insects can use all type of substrate to grow, with different feed conversion rate and mortality. This variability of substrates will require specific knowledge and a different combination of additives. As for poultry, the main factors of competition have been genetics, environmental conditions and optimal nutrition. We can consider that insects today are at the same stage that poultry nutrition was decades ago, and a lot of improvements are yet to come.