Special Issue "Sustainable Insect Chains"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Societies and Sociality".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sergiy Smetana
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DIL Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e. V., German Institute of Food Technologies, Prof.-von-Klitzing-Str. 7, D-49610 Quakenbrück, Germany
Interests: insect production; insects for food and feed; life-cycle assessment; sustainability of insect cultivation; modeling of insect production
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Dr. Birgit Rumpold
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Department Education for Sustainable Nutrition and Food Science, Technical University Berlin, Marchstr. 23, D-10585 Berlin, Germany
Interests: edible insects as an alternative source of protein in food and feed; consumer acceptance and research; education for sustainable nutrition and food science; didactics of nutrition/food science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food and feed supply are dramatically affected by an increase in human population. Major concerns are connected with sustainable supplies of proteins and fats. Shortages and risks of protein supply for animal feed are triggering the search of local sustainable sources. At the same time, the food industry is experiencing a lack of sustainable functional lipids as substitutes for palm oil and fat. The mass production of insects for food and feed purposes has been growing in the Western world a couple of decades now, their commercialization and industrial upscaling faces numerous challenges. This Special Issue of Insects will focus on breakthroughs and forefront achievements associated with sustainable insect production chains, connected (but not limited) to safety, standardization, technological progress, marketing and economic feasibility, environmental impact, and social acceptance.

Dr. Sergiy Smetana
Dr. Birgit Rumpold
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable
  • insect production
  • processing
  • safety
  • industrial scale
  • upscaling

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Potential of Fermentation and Vacuum Packaging Followed by Chilling to Preserve Black Soldier Fly Larvae (Hermetia illucens)
Insects 2021, 12(8), 714; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/insects12080714 - 10 Aug 2021
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Black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) are currently reared at an industrial scale, mainly as a feed ingredient. The logistic chain not only involves the production of larvae, but also stabilisation, storage, and transport. The aim of this work was to [...] Read more.
Black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) are currently reared at an industrial scale, mainly as a feed ingredient. The logistic chain not only involves the production of larvae, but also stabilisation, storage, and transport. The aim of this work was to study fermentation and vacuum packaging of larvae as potential preservation technologies. For fermentation, blanched larvae were pulverised into a paste, and a starter culture, NaCl, and glucose were added. The mixture was fermented for 7 days at 35 °C and then stored for 14 days at 4 °C and pH and microbial counts were monitored. Vacuum packaging was applied to living, blanched and frozen larvae. After packaging, they were stored for 6–10 days at several temperatures and gas composition, survival (living larvae) and microbial counts (killed larvae) were recorded. Fermentation allows storage of pulverised larvae, but points to consider are a rapid pH reduction and the presence of bacterial endospores. Vacuum packaging did not bring added value over cooling alone. This was the case for all types of larvae investigated. Vacuum packaging is not considered as a valuable preservation technology to pursue for storage and transport of black soldier fly larvae. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. Upscaling insect production-processing-consumption chains in SUStainable INsect CHAIN (SUSINCHAIN)
T. Veldkamp, H.J. Van der Fels-Klerx, N.P. Meijer, F. Alleweldt, D. Deruytter, L. Van Campenhout, L. Gasco, N. Roos, S. Smetana, M. Octavia

2. The Breeding for More Productive Hermetia illucens Strains: Perspectives and Challenges
Wael Yakti, Rocío Rodríguez Servín, Inga Mewis, Christian Ulrichs

3. Edible insects as food - Insect welfare and ethical aspects from a consumer perspective
Birgit A. Rumpold*, Nora Delvendahl and Nina Langen

4. Insect Lecithin: effect of extraction methods
Li, An. Koen Dewettinck, Guy Smagghe, Daylan Tzompa-Sosa
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