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The black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae): Trapping and culturing of wild colonies in Ghana

Ewusie, E. A.; Kwapong, P. K.; Ofosu-Budu, G.; Sandrock, C.; Akumah, A.M.; Nartey, E.K.; Tetegaga, C. and Agyakwah, S.K. (2019) The black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae): Trapping and culturing of wild colonies in Ghana. Scientific African, 5, e00134.

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The larvae of the black soldier fly (BSF), Hermetia illucens L. (Diptera: Stratiomyidae), are promising candidates to be utilized in alternative organic waste management and for fish and livestock feed production. The scalability of this technology in Ghana will depend on a steady source of large numbers of BSF larvae. The objectives of this study were to identify the most attractive organic manure dumps or heaps in the study area for trapping wild BSF egg clutches and assess the effect of local environmental conditions on the trapping and laboratory rearing of BSF. The study compared the number of egg clutch trapped at different microhabitats including piggery, chicken and sheep waste dumps and on a compost heap. The piggery dump waste was the most suitable site for trapping BSF egg clutches. No egg clutch was deposited nearby poultry and sheep waste microhabitats. Results showed no differences in temperature between microhabitats during egg trapping but relative humidity differed between poultry, sheep and compost, however this did not have any effect on egg clutch trapping. No significant differences in temperature and humidity were observed during larval rearing. Significant differences in weight and length of larvae from both piggery and compost sites were observed on days 5 and 10 after egg hatch. A small scale laboratory colony rearing has been successfully established in Ghana. The design of the larval breeding system appears to be suitable for respective up-scaling that could provide sufficient larval quantities for composting organic waste and producing feed components for livestock and fish.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Colony management, Feedstock, Larvae, Microhabitat, Waste dump, animal feeding, fish, BSF, black soldier fly
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Africa
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal welfare & housing
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:37352
Deposited On:26 Feb 2020 11:23
Last Modified:28 Jul 2021 11:36
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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