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  • Recipe when working on nutrition

    Posted by Mads on March 30, 2023 at 6:29 am

    Hello everybody.
    I’m working a lot with nutrition for black soldier fly. One of the things I don’t have an ideal solution for, is keeping all my parameters constant when testing for certain aspects such as protein, ingredient, etc, etc.

    As I see it, ideally there would be some known ingredients that always could be used to secure certain aspects, such as agar or woodchips to provide structure, sucrose and oil as energy, yeast extract for micronutrients and so on. Stuff where we know exactly what digestible feed and energy we provide.

    Usually I just use wheat bran as I know how the larvae perform on that and it gives me a point of reference, and then I change it up by replacing some of that. It would be nice to have more precise tools to work with.

    Please share your approach and experience, that would be greatly appreciated.

    Mads replied 1 year, 2 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • David

    March 30, 2023 at 7:25 am


    I think you are pointing out one of the biggest challenges in BSF nutrition research! Yet, here we follow a very similar way because we have not found a ‘pure’ diet. It is also one of the topics to discuss in the nutrition working group as it is a major hurdle to tackle.

    I’m quite sure you read/saw it already but this may give inspiration (not mine, but a fellow member):

    • Mads

      March 31, 2023 at 6:04 am

      That one has passed my nose.

      Thank you for the reference – A very interesting read.

      Looking forward to participating in the nutritional group on solving some of these issues.

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