Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
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.
Kooienga, Emilia Marjatta, "The effect of bacterial supplementation on black soldier fly larval growth and development" (2018). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 4330.