Positive signals from the DetoxBug Project

Positive signals from the DetoxBug Project

Can raw materials with mycotoxins be transformed into valuable feed ingredients through detoxification in insect larvae?

Tuestday 23. of April we had the pleasure of inviting the Norwegian Veterinary Institute to visit our R&D lab in Fredrikstad. The occasion was Pronofa’s participation in a research project on alternative proteins called DetoxBug. Felleskjøpet Feed Development also participates in the same project. The project manager is senior researcher Christiane Kruse Fæste.

The project aims to investigate whether larvae from the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) can “detoxify” mycotoxins, allowing the larvae to be fed contaminated materials that would otherwise have to be discarded. This could include, for example, food waste that may also contain mold. Food waste is a bountiful resource in Norway and many other countries.

If the DetoxBug project can verify the theory that BSF larvae can break down mycotoxins, this could be significant for updating and adjusting the regulations for insect production. The value of larval feed products would increase considerably if food waste could also be used as a substrate and at the same time drastically reduce the amount of biological waste. In particular, the fish feed industry could get a much more sustainable alternative to fishmeal.

During their visit to Pronofa, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute delegation took a closer look at larvae that had been fed mycotoxins. Our preliminary test results are promising, although much work remains. The DetoxBug project will conclude in 2026.

Read more about DetoxBug on vetinst.no »

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