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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Reduction of Bacteria in Relation to Feeding Regimes When Treating Aquaculture Waste in Fly Larvae Composting

Lopes, Iva Guidini; Lalander, Cecilia; Vidotti, Rose Meire; Vinneras, Bjorn


This study evaluated the impact of feeding regimes on process performance and inactivation of microorganisms during treatment of aquaculture waste with black soldier fly (BSF) larvae. In three treatments (T1-T3), a blend of reclaimed bread and aquaculture waste was used as substrate for BSF larvae. In T1, the substrate was inoculated with four subtypes ofSalmonellaspp. andEscherichia coli(both at 1%w/w), and offered only once, at the beginning of the 14-day trial. In T2 and T3, the substrate was supplied on three different days, with contaminated substrate provided only the first event in T2 and in all three events in T3. Provision of a lump sum feeding (T1) proved unfavorable for larval growth and process efficiency, but did not affect the microbial reduction effect. The total reduction inSalmonellaspp. was approximately 6 log(10)in T1 and T2, and 3.3 log(10)in T3, while the total reduction inE. coliwas approximately 4 log(10)in T1 and T2, and 1.9 log(10)in T3. After removing the larvae, the treatment residues were re-inoculated withSalmonellaspp. andE. coli. It was found that the inactivation in both organisms continued in all treatments that originally contained BSF larvae (T1-T3), suggesting that antimicrobial substances may have been secreted by BSF larvae or by its associated microbiota.


BSF; ecotechnology; hygienization; Escherichia coli; Salmonella Senftenberg; S; Typhimurium; S; Typhi; S; Dublin

Published in

Frontiers in Microbiology
2020, Volume: 11, article number: 1616