Microbiology

“Positive” microbiology

Cycle  Farms use  raw material  for insect feed sourced from agro-industrial activity. As living matter, this brings micro-organisms responsible for the break down of macro-molecules into nutrients. This could be done outside the larvae but also inside the digestive tract of the larvae, from what we call microbiota.

Some of these micro-organisms are well known by the scientific community and are not identified as a present risk for the insect and the final products. Black Soldier Fly larvae have also the ability to digest and disable some pathogens, mainly the one which could endanger the development of the insect. With the HACCP standard, we could also intervene after the insect production to eradicate any risk of contamination to our final products.

Moreover, the microbiota which enhances the digestion and has an impact on the animal wellbeing. This microbial flora has an impact on nutritional elements and Cycle Farms works to know precisely the effect of each species. Setting out from this premise, Cycle Farms work on the exogenous and endogenous digestion for insect feed, with the objectives to enhance significantly the yield of the production.

Photographie au microscope de la flore composant le substrat d’élevage d’Hermetia Illucens (Photo Cycle Farms)

“Negative” microbiology

Meanwhile, some micro-organisms could be responsible for negative impact on production yields.  In this scenario, this is primordial to identify the origins and the symptoms resulting from this contamination. Mainly, it could be linked with the presence of fungus, bacteria or virus.

From the beginning of its R&D activities, Cycle Farms has built a portfolio and tools for identification and corrections to be applied on production. Cycle Farms works now on personalized treatment for the Black Soldier Fly species.

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