INSECT DIETS: Science and Technology, Second Edition
by Allen Carson Cohen
2015, 473 pages, 164 color & b/w illustrations, tables, diagrams. This resource provides an integrated review of the field of insect diets. It reaffirms and expands upon the belief that the science of diet development and the technology of diet application in rearing programs require formal foundations and guidelines. It argues for a data-driven approach as well as a focus on humane treatment in insect rearing programs. He also calls for academics and industries to make a new push toward statistical process control (SPC) in their approaches to rearing in general, using his own work with insects as a paradigm. This approach yields the benefits of careful scientific analysis by addressing issues of quality and efficiency in academic research and industrial practices and applications.
Demonstrates how theories and practices of food chemistry, microbiology, and processing can be successfully applied to insect rearing/dietetics problems
Includes new, in-depth sections on diet texture and rheology, including measuring diet chemical factors and diet process control
Addresses unattended or poorly explored areas of insect food research, such as the fate of antioxidants as a function of various kinds of food processing or preservation
Discusses issues with microbial contaminants as well as day-to-day problems that can be anticipated in an insect rearing facility
Provides a detailed curriculum for insect rearing courses while including 133 new figures and more than 250 new references based on new and expanded research in the area of insect rearing
New in the Second Edition
This edition expands upon the role of food science in the use of artificial diets in rearing programs, especially texture analysis with rheological techniques. It includes an entirely new chapter focused on the subject of food quality in insect diets. It also revisits microbial relationships to insect diets as a powerful influence on their feeding processes and emphasizes a new, better understanding and utilization of the relationship between insects and microbes in artificial diets.
The author also expands his vision of the future of insect rearing, including the use of insects themselves as a potential food source for a rapidly expanding global human population. To that end, this book provides guidelines to develop, use, and evaluate artificial diets in order to improve their cost and scientific efficiency in the rearing of insects, because as Cohen urges, it is important to “know your insect.” This understanding will serve the multifaceted goals of using insect rearing for research and teaching, pest management strategies and biocontrol agents, as food for other organisms, and for many other purposes.
About the Author:
Allen Carson Cohen completed his PhD in entomology at the University of California, Riverside. He has served for seven years as an editor for the Journal of Insect Science and serves as a mentor for students, researchers, and professionals in diet and rearing science and technology. He holds six U.S. patents, has published more than 125 refereed papers, and has received several technology transfer awards for his work on insect diets. He is currently research professor and coordinator of the Insect Rearing Education and Research Program at North Carolina State University, where he teaches courses on insect rearing and conducts research on developing and improving insect rearing systems.
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