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The Futaba Sankyo Corporation has launched a feasibility study on the commercialization of fish feed made from the black soldier fly. Headquartered in Higashi-Hiroshima City of Hiroshima Prefecture, Futaba Sankyo's main business is fermenting food residues into compost.
The project is underway in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, the University of Human Environments (Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture), and the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture).
Fish Feed Alternative
The black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) is a species native to North America. An adult soldier fly measures approximately 2 cm in length. The insect is believed to have entered Japan after World War II and can be found all over the country, excluding Hokkaido.
The larvae grow in warm climates and feed on household food waste. They reproduce in the summer when temperatures are high. Adult flies pose no threat to humans or livestock and do not sting. Due to the amount and quality of the nutrients they contain, the larvae are used in pet foods made for reptiles and amphibians.
In recent years, research has been conducted worldwide on the usability, safety, and industrialization of black soldier fly larvae as feed in fish and poultry farming.
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Author: Hidemitsu Kaito