Bugs in Bugs: The Role of Probiotics and Prebiotics in Maintenance of Health in Mass-Reared Insects

Carlotta Savio*, Loretta Mugo-Kamiri, Jennifer K. Upfold

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Abstract

Interactions between insects and their microbiota affect insect behaviour and evolution. When specific microorganisms are provided as a dietary supplement, insect reproduction, food conversion and growth are enhanced and health is improved in cases of nutritional deficiency or pathogen infection. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of insect–microbiota inter-actions, to review the role of probiotics, their general use in insects reared for food and feed, and their interactions with the host microbiota. We review how bacterial strains have been selected for insect species reared for food and feed and discuss methods used to isolate and measure the effectiveness of a probiotic. We outline future perspectives on probiotic applications in mass-reared insects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number376
JournalInsects
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2022

Keywords

  • health
  • insect diseases
  • mass-reared insects
  • microbiota
  • performance
  • prebiotics
  • probiotics

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