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3rd February 2022  Content supplied by: Ynsect

Engineering Better Mealworms to Increase Productivity in Insect Farming

Ÿnsect, one of the largest producers of food and feed from molitor and buffalo mealworms, announces the launch of ŸNFABRE, the first genomic selection program applied to industrial insect farming.

ŸNFABRE is a multidisciplinary project with the goal of creating high-performing, resilient insect breeds and advance our understanding of insect biology. It's supported by a consortium of companies, with important contribution from CEA-Genoscope (The French National Sequencing Center), which brings know-how in sequencing and genetics of mealworms, APREX Solutions, a developer of digital imaging and video analysis tools powered by artificial intelligence, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, a global leader in high-throughput sequencing and genotyping.

The program has received €4.34M in public funding, the support of French poultry and aquaculture breeder’s union (SYSAAF), and the endorsement of the Vitagora competitiveness hub and the Agri-Food Sector Strategic Committee. 

Before the launch of this project, Ÿnsect’s R&D team had already identified a strain of Buffalo worms that grow 25% faster, increasing output and efficiency. “A new science of this beetle has just started,” states Thomas Lefebvre, Ynsect’s director R&D BioTech Innovations. “We have no doubt that we’ll discover new nutrition and health properties over the next months and years.”

France is both a pioneer and a world economic and technological leader in insect breeding and processing. The ambition of the program is to ensure priority and ownership of the best insect breeds for producing top-quality proteins for consumption, and to give these breeds a competitive advantage.

“This project has received unprecedented recognition and funding,” adds Ÿnsect’s CEO, Antoine Hubert. “ŸNFABRE has the potential to help strengthen France and Ÿnsect’s leadership in insect breeding, even as global competition is intensifying.” 

The first ŸNFABRE selection and multiplication unit will be operational by 2026. Each one will supply 5 ŸnSTARS (Ÿnsect vertical production farms) with reproductive insects, with an expected increase in productivity by 15% in the first year.

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Date Published: 3rd February 2022

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