The Closing the loop: Black Soldier Fly technology to convert agriculture waste project has been exploring the use of Black Soldier Flies to turn livestock wastes into useful products. The Final Report has been approved by the funding body and a summary is now available for project partners and interested members of the public to read.
The 6-page summary report outlines the objectives of the research project and how it aims to support sustainable agriculture. Informed by the research findings of the project, it briefly explains how BSF technology is used to help manage and reduce agricultural waste (manures) and the benefits for industry in terms of effectiveness of the technology and potential for co-products. A short research video to accompany this summary is underway will be released towards the end of the year.
The research activities are all completed, and the researchers are preparing the results for publications.
A/Prof Marit Kragt, Dr Vandana Subroy and Dr Fiona Dempster are the first to receive an academic publication in a peer reviewed journal from their research under this grant.
Kragt, M.E., Subroy, V., & Dempster, F. (2023) Black soldier fly fertilisers by bioconversion of livestock waste: Farmers’ perceptions and willingness-to-pay. Journal of Cleaner Productionê, 411: 137271.
A range of fact sheets have been developed to communicate the key learnings and research outcomes, and are all available to download:
Cook, D & Harold, T. (2022). Soil amendment from Black Soldier Fly farming does not support emergence of Stable Fly. University of Western Australia.
Price, J & Harold, T. (2022). What are Black Soldier Flies? Some mythbusters. University of Western Australia.
Price, J & Pearson, L & Bruerton, K. (2022). Nutrition of animal feed products produced from Black Soldier Fly larvae. University of Western Australia.
Price, J & Harold, T. (2022). Potential environmental regulation classification and requirements for manure-derived Black Soldier Fly frass. University of Western Australia.
Middleton, J & Jenkins, S. (2023). Creating fertilisers from agricultural wastes using Black Soldier Fly - mixing frass with solid fatty acids. University of Western Australia.
Price, J & Pearson, L. (2023). Biosecurity risks of Black Soldier Fly larvae as an animal feed. University of Western Australia.
For more information:
Project Website: https://www.bsfwastetoprofit.com/
Full list of publications: https://www.bsfwastetoprofit.com/publications
Contacts at UWA:
Tammie Harold: email@example.com