Insect research center
At the Insect Research Center (IRC), with 6 climate controlled rearing rooms, we are able to perform applied research on a semi-industrial scale. This means that we use materials and rearing protocols of insect rearing companies. In this way our research results and our optimized rearing protocols are immediately applicable by those companies. The key insect species currently reared at Inagro are black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) (10 tons/year) and Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor) (3 tons/year). Furthermore, we have experience with the house cricket (Acheta domesticus) and the Dubia roach (Blaptica dubia). The main research topics are:
- Optimization of insect production systems,
- valorisation of side streams from the agrifoodchain using insects,
- Determining insect emissions with specialised equipment.
The IRC is part of the team of Aquaculture & Insect Rearing and consists of technicians and engineers.