Innovation in the insect protein sector: What do we do and why do we do it?

In this article we tell you why innovation in the insect protein sector is so important and what we are doing from our company to contribute to the development of this industry.

Insect protein is an alternative food source that offers multiple benefits for both the environment and human and animal health. However, its production and utilization still faces many challenges and limitations that require innovative and efficient solutions.

Feeding and diet

One of the key aspects to obtain high-quality proteins is the feeding and diet that are provided to the insects during their life cycle. In our company, we innovate in the feeding of the insects to improve their nutritional value, using substrates and specific diets that optimize the growth and composition of the larvae of our Tenebrios. In addition, we analyze the impact of the different types of diet on the nutritional values of the larvae, as well as the frass, which is the organic residue that insects generate and that has a great potential as biofertilizer.

Processing technologies

Another fundamental aspect to obtain insect protein is the processing of the larvae once they have reached their optimal size. In our company we develop specific technology to achieve more efficient screening methods than the mechanical systems that currently exist in the market, making use of AI and the data that are obtained. In this way, we can separate the larvae from the frass and the substrate with greater precision and speed, reducing energy consumption and operating costs.

Sustainable practices

Insect production has a lower environmental impact than other animal protein sources, but sustainable practices can still be introduced that further improve their ecological footprint. In our company we bet on the breeding of Tenebrio molitor, a species of beetle that feeds mainly on organic waste such as cereals or fruits. In this way, we take advantage of the resources that already exist and avoid generating more food waste. In addition, we minimize water and resource consumption during the breeding process, using automated and controlled systems that guarantee optimal conditions for the development of insects.

New products and applications

Insect protein has a wide range of possibilities as an ingredient for different sectors and industries. At Protiberia we collaborate with other companies from different fields for the development of new products and applications based on insect protein, such as animal feed, supplements or natural additives.

Scientific studies

Insect protein is not only an alternative source of food, but also has beneficial properties for human and animal health. In our company we carry out scientific studies that evaluate the nutritional quality and the health impact of insect proteins, as well as other by-products such as chitin, which is a polysaccharide present in the exoskeleton of insects and that has applications in medicine, cosmetics or agriculture.

Circular economy models

Insect production generates a series of by-products and waste that can be used to create additional value in other industries. At Protiberia we explore circular economy models that take advantage of these resources. For example, frass can be used as natural fertilizer, the exoskeleton can be extracted to obtain chitin or chitosan, etc.

As you can see, innovation is a key factor for the development of the insect protein sector, which has a great potential to contribute to food security, health and the environment.

At Protiberia we are committed to research and development of innovative and efficient solutions that allow us to offer quality and sustainable products. If you want to know more about these topics or if you want to collaborate with us in any research project, do not hesitate to contact us.

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