Elsevier Publishes Insects as Sustainable Food Ingredients: Production, Processing and Food Applications

Comprehensive reference describes how insects can be mass produced and incorporated into the world’s food supply at an industrial and cost-effective scale

Cambridge, MA, August 25, 2016

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the publication of Insects as Sustainable Food Ingredients: Production, Processing and Food Applications, edited by Aaron T. Dossey, Juan Morales-Ramos and M. Guadalupe Rojas. This book provides valuable guidance on how to build insect-based agriculture, food and biomaterials industries.

A pioneer in the industry, Dr. Dossey has brought together a team of international experts who effectively summarize the current state of the art, providing helpful recommendations upon which readers can build companies, products and research programs.

Researchers, entrepreneurs, farmers, policymakers and anyone interested in insect mass production and the industrial use of insects will benefit from the content in this comprehensive reference.

Read the introductory chapter from the book.

Dr. Dossey holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology, and an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology cum laude with minors in mathematics and chemistry. He is a professional self-taught entomologist, founding president of All Things Bugs LLC, and inventor of Griopro® cricket powder (https://cricketpowder.com/). His research involves developing technologies derived from insects and other invertebrates, with award-winning research and publications in the fields of entomology and chemistry. Dr. Dossey has won more than $750,000 in major research grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) developing insect farming and processing technologies as well as Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for malnourished children. He has invented and patented technology for production of insect-based food ingredient products, and his company is already the world’s largest in production and selling these products.

“Insect mass production and use in human food, animal feed and numerous other applications is very

promising,” said  Dr. Dossey.  “Insect farms, processors and new entrepreneurs are beginning to capitalize on it and make it an important resource for the world. There is great need for a book with the focus, scope and content that ours contains, and we trust it will be a standard reference for this important emerging industry for decades to come.”

Dr. Morales-Ramos’s main expertise is in mass production of arthropods, insect nutritional ecology and the development of rearing methods and mechanization of rearing processes for beneficial arthropods. He developed mass propagation technology for the boll weevil parasitoid Catolaccus grandis, leading to the USDA-ARS scientist of the year award in 2002. Dr. Morales-Ramos also created termite and ant baiting systems, which earned him the USDA-ARS technology transfer award and the Federal Laboratory Consortium regional excellence in technology transfer award in 2004. Since 2004, he has developed novel rearing methods for predatory mites and other beneficial arthropods. He has produced 104 publications and holds 12 patents. Dr. Morales-Ramos recently co-edited the book, Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms: Invertebrates and Entomopathogens, also published by Elsevier.

Dr. Rojas is an expert in insect nutrition, nutritional ecology and the development of artificial diets for biological control agents and bait matrixes to control termites and ants.  She developed an artificial diet for the boll weevil parasitoid Catolaccus grandis, and bait matrices for control of the Formosan subterranean termite and household ants, both of which were successfully commercialized by Ensystex and FMC, and still are sold worldwide. This work earned her the USDA-ARS technology transfer award and the Federal Laboratory Consortium regional excellence in technology transfer award in 2004. Since 2004, Dr. Rojas has developed artificial diets for predatory mites and other insect predators and improved susceptibility of Tenebrio molitor to entomopathogenic nematodes. She has produced 99 publications and holds 12 patents, and also co-edited, Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms.

In order to meet content needs in food science, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of food scientists and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples of how Elsevier is enabling science to drive innovation.

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