A new research article from the AquaFly team has been published!
A new study investigated the inclusion of seaweed in the feeding substrate for black soldier fly larvae. Results show that the larvae can accumulate valuable nutrients, commonly associated with the marine environment, from eating seaweed. The omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), iodine and vitamin E concentrations in the larvae increased when more seaweed was included in the feeding substrate. This study confirms the plasticity of the nutritional make-up of insect larvae, which is a feature that can help to tailor the larvae and their products into a nutrient profile more suited for specific feed and food purposes. The study has been conducted within the AquaFly Project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council and it is now published in PLOS ONE.