Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Jordan, Heather

Committee Member

Tomberlin, Jeffery

Committee Member

Thornton, Justin

Date of Degree

12-1-2018

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Biology

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Biological Sciences

Abstract

With a growing human population, food insecurity is becoming a worldwide problem. As the search for sustainable sources of protein continues, black soldier fly larvae come to the forefront as a partial solution. Full of proteins and fats, the larvae will consume most organic matter and rapidly develop into a usable form. Supplementing black soldier fly larvae with oleaginous microbes Arthrobacter AK19 and Rhodococcus rhodochrous increases their body size by 25%, potentially accelerates their development by one day, and increases their conversion efficiency. Supplementing with Bifidobacterium breve decreased body size, slowed development, and decreased conversion efficiency, underscoring the importance of selecting supplemental microbes and testing first on a small-scale. Promising results on the small-scale led to an industrial study, where similar results were also seen, resulting in greater optimization of this system.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/20923

Comments

Sustainable Agriculture||Black soldier fly||Insects as feed||Microbiome

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