MIT project “The effect of sex ratio, feed type and egg predation on the reproductive success of Tenebrio Molitor

MIT project “The effect of sex ratio, feed type and egg predation on the reproductive success of Tenebrio Molitor

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With the project “The effect of sex ratio, feed type and egg predation on the reproductive success of Tenebrio Molitor” Wadudu wants to investigate the effect of aspects such as sex ratio, feed ratio and egg predation on reproduction.

In order to meet the demand for high-quality insect protein with T. molitor larvae, it is important to optimize the reproduction of T. molitor imago’s (adult beetles).
More knowledge about reproduction aspects in culture can contribute to the overall optimization of the T. molitor culture.
Much is already known about reproduction aspects such as density, age, abiotic factors (temperature & humidity), nutrition and intraspecific interactions such as competition and
cannibalism. However, the effect of aspects such as sex ratio, feed ratio and egg predation on reproduction has been less investigated.

Objective:
The goals of the project are:
• Gain insight into the best sex ratio, feed and moisture quantity to get one so high
possible reproductive success and minimal egg predation.
• To gain insight into whether it is economically feasible to set up a propagation company of
the T. molitor.
• To gain insight into the costs of producing eggs and how the selling price can be calculated.

The intended results are:
• It is known which sex ratio, feed and moisture ratio ensures the highest reproduction success
and the lowest egg predation.
• A business case has been drawn up containing the economic feasibility for a
breeding company.
• There is a calculation of the costs for the production of eggs and the selling price.

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