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Selection of varieties and species of dipterans

A quality control system has been developed to maintain optimum production of productive adults selected for specific purposes. Continual artificial selection enables us to have varieties characterised biologically, morphologically and genetically at our disposal, As part of our quality control, we also periodically establish new colonies or strains/varieties, with defined breeding protocols that enable us to obtain products in a standardised way.

Scaled engineering and constant production of insects

Industrial production of insects requires scaling by various degrees of magnitude to be able to adjust to the requirements of certain sectors, such as, for example, that of animal feed. This is why we are working on improving production processes; evaluating both biotic and abiotic factors that determine the current bottlenecks in mass production of insects. An important part of our development and research is centred on the development of technology required to construct larval digesters and continuous production of adults, separation/isolation systems, mechanisation, etc.

Use of insects as ingredients in animal feed

A great part of insect biomass (particularly the protein components and fats from pupae and larvae) can be used in the elaboration of compound feeds. This is especially important in the aquaculture sector, as insect flour can be used as an alternative to fish flour or complementary to other sources such as soya flour. In this way, the nutritional composition of the larval biomass is determined, as well as any adjustments according to its development in specific media that enable concrete nutritional requirements to be covered for the diverse sectors of animal production.

Valorisation and biodegradation of waste and organic sub-products

We develop solutions for management and valorisation of waste and sub-products of organic types by larval bio-digestion. The application of this innovative technology allows valorisation and elimination of a wide range of sub-products and waste of organic types, by way of its transformation into larval biomass. In this section agricultural sub-products are included, as well as residues from farming, hotel and alimentary sectors, etc. Even certain types of specific waste associated with contaminating the environment, such as meat flours, tanned skins, sewage sludge, etc., can be treated with this technology

Larvicompost and organic fertilizers resulting from larval digestion

The result from larval digestion is a high quality organic fertilizer that is homogeneous and both physically and chemically stable, with excellent agronomic properties. This product derives from external larval digestion and is not equivalent to traditional compost. It can be commercialised in agriculture, for domestic use and is compatible with ecological production standards.

Development of technology based on dipterans applicable in the biocombustible sector

The larval phases of some species of dipterans accumulate a large quantity of fat in their bodies. The fatty component of larval biomass can be used for the extraction of biodiesel obtained from the valorisation of food and agricultural sub-products or farming waste.

Production of dipteran pollinators for greenhouse cultivation

Many of the species with which we work are excellent pollinators in natural environments. Nevertheless their biological characteristics enable their use in greenhouse crops as an alternative or as a complement to traditional pollinators. Their use is of special interest due to its low cost, or for use in closed areas or small volumes, seed production, etc.

Application of dipteran larvae for the treatment of wouds ( Larval theraphy)

Application of dipteran larvae for the treatment of wounds (larval therapy)
Larval therapy is a treatment that uses sterile larvae to clean necrotic tissue. The digestive substances from the larvae eliminate the dead tissue, as well as stimulating healing of wounds due to their antibiotic effect. Our laboratory has various species that are appropriate for use in this therapy that have been developed in sterile media.

Chitin and production of biomolecules from insects

Chitin is a polysaccharide that forms part of the exoskeleton of insects and has multiple applications in the pharmaceutical, alimentary and cosmetic industries. Chitin and chitosan are products with a high added value that can be exploited easily, like other biomolecules present in the different development stages of the insects. Some of these compounds have antimicrobial activity or are of pharmaceutical interest.

Insects and human food

Insects are a valid source of nutrition for use in food for humans. Up to 70% of their biomass is made up of proteins and their fat component is adequate for human consumption, with its low level of cholesterol worth mentioning. Their biomass is also an important source of calcium, B-group vitamins, magnesium, etc. The FAO recommends their consumption on a global level, however a requirement is that production should be standardized and adapted to legal requirements. At Bioflytech we support their use in human alimentation by careful selection of species and specific feeding protocols.

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