The effect of an initial high-quality feeding regime on the survival of Gryllus bimaculatus (black cricket) on bio-waste

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Dobermann, D., Michaelson, L. V. and Field, L. M. 2018. The effect of an initial high-quality feeding regime on the survival of Gryllus bimaculatus (black cricket) on bio-waste. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed. 5 (2), pp. 117-123.

AuthorsDobermann, D., Michaelson, L. V. and Field, L. M.

Previous studies have led to claims that insects can offer a solution to several food security hurdles, one of which is the processing of food waste. However, although it has been demonstrated that some insects survive well on bio-waste (e.g. Hermetia illucens), no study, has to date, demonstrated success rearing species more commonly used for human consumption, such as crickets, on biowaste from hatching. This trial aimed to establish if the black cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus, can be reared successfully on bio-waste from hatching. Since, in other livestock sectors it has been established that nutritional requirements vary with age and that diet must be altered accordingly to achieve the best growth, e.g. chick feed to layer mash in chickens, the present trial used a similar feeding regime of an initially high-quality feed to see if this allowed the subsequent survival of crickets on low quality bio-waste products. Pilot trials have demonstrated poor to no survival on beer waste and cow manure and mid-level survival on unprocessed vegetable waste with chicken feed as the control. Based on this, feed regimes of either 1 or 2 weeks high quality feed (chicken feed) and then either 2 or 3 weeks of low quality feed (beer waste or vegetable waste) were tested. Results showed that even 1 week of high quality feed makes a significant difference in survival and end size of crickets subsequently reared on low-quality bio-waste.

Keywordsinsect production; bio-waste feed; survival; growth; crickets
Year of Publication2018
JournalJournal of Insects as Food and Feed
Journal citation5 (2), pp. 117-123
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeBBSRC Notts DTP
Publisher's version
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online23 Oct 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted17 Jul 2018
Copyright licenseCC BY-NC-SA
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers

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