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Enhancing reproducibility in black soldier fly research

Wiklicky, Viktoria; Guidini Lopes, Ivã; Lalander, Cecilia


Over the past decade, there has been a steady increase in research focused on insects as food and feed, integrated with waste management and fertiliser production, with notable attention given to the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens, BSF). Extensive knowledge has been developed regarding waste bioconversion and characterisation of the products generated (larval biomass and frass). However, the diverse range of rearing methods for BSF larvae (BSFL) has led to equally diverse outcomes. This confusion can lead to new research in the field of BSF being conducted using sub-optimal BSFL treatment conditions. In this editorial we propose that calibration procedures within distinct research areas should be considered when planning new BSFL experiments.


Hermetia illucens; calibrating rearing conditions; verifying experimental outcomes; standardisation protocol

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Journal of insects as food and feed
2024, Volym: 10, nummer: 3, sidor: 359–362