Aarhus Universitets segl

Optimization of insect production for animal feed through breeding

Projekter: ProjektForskning

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The growing human population entails an increasing demand for sufficient protein production while simultaneously increasing the demand for plant protein and other high-protein feed sources for cattle, pigs and poultry. Insects are being proposed as an alternative protein source for animal feed and human consumption. Farming insects as mini livestock is environmentally more sustainable compared to farming traditional livestock. Insects generally grow and reproduce fast and easily, utilise energy from their rearing medium effectively and can be reared resource friendly on bio-waste and organic side streams, minimising land- and water-use. Additionally, insects have high nutritional values, making them suitable as food and feed. During this PhD-project, I aim to investigate the potentials for genetic improvement of insects through selective breeding. Since the field of insect genetic optimisation through breeding is only now getting attention, there are several steps to be taken towards effective selective breeding and many challenges to confront.
Effektiv start/slut dato01/09/202031/08/2024


  • breeding, insects, feed, sustainability, insect production, insect genomics, phenotyping, breeding schemes


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