Dear Readers and friends of SUStainable INsect CHAIN (SUSINCHAIN),

It is with great excitement that we share with you that our project SUSINCHAIN is entering its SECOND YEAR! While this past months have been extremely complicated due to the containments of the COVID-19 pandemic, SUSINCHAIN partners are happy with the development path that the research is coming through, and its subsequent accomplishments of turning two in November 2020.

Unfortunately, some of the foreseen SUSINCHAIN activities were directly affected by the impacts of COVID-19 such as lock down of laboratories and workspaces. The project had to postpone in-person lab activities, meetings and workshops. Following this new reality, our last SUSINCHAIN Workshop was organised virtually on 7 October 2020. Leaded by partners involved with the Activities on Market Opportunities and Barriers Including Consumer Acceptance, the workshop had 70 engaged participants discussing “Supply-Side Barriers To Large-Scale Commercialization Of Insect Proteins In Europe”.

One achievement that we would like to highlight with our dear readers is the implementation and launching of our Stakeholder Platform! Read more below if you are interested in joining our online forum that is being established to foster the communication between the stakeholders involved in the insect protein supply chain for feed and food.

Lastly, keep in mind that you still have some days left until 31 December to complete our online Survey on production and commercialization of insect proteins. Please see the four topics of interests and how to engage in the survey below.

For more information on the SUSINCHAIN project and its research topics, the Project Coordinator invites you to check our website in the link:

Project updates

Activities on Market Opportunities and Barriers Including Consumer Acceptance

A survey on the past barriers and future risk for large-scale commercialization of the insect sector was launched during the last workshop, and many attendees filled in the survey. Thank you! Certainly, we would wish to get more responses. If you did not fill in the survey yet, we would highly encourage you to fill the survey to contribute to the development of the insect sector.
The survey is for those who are interested or connected with the insect sector, and it is available in English – Dutch – Danish – French - Italian – Portuguese – Spanish. Please see below the links to the different surveys and choose the one which you feel most connected with:

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Hilde Niyonsaba:



Activities on Upscaling Rearing Insects

This work group developed literature studies on how to control the house fly and meal moth in an insect facility. 

A short review on diseases in insects and a literature review on what you can do with by-products of the insects such as frass.

Activities on Insect Processing

The following different processing methods and technologies are being investigated:

  • Controlled atmosphere packaging of black soldier fly larvae: Currently the first experiments involving vacuum packaging of living BSF larvae are ongoing. Here, we try to investigate whether the storage and/or transport of living larvae can be done under vacuum and how long insects survive these conditions.

Vacuum packaging experiment, KU Leuven

  • Microwave drying: The first drying method to dry BSF larvae has been optimised. In a next phase, microbiological and chemical analyses on the dried insects will follow. Meanwhile, the microwave drying process will be optimised for mealworms.

Microwave drying of BSFL (MEAM)

  • Radio frequency drying: A RF- drying device is under development, especially designed for drying insects.
  • LEEB: LEEB was optimised for insects and first trials have been performed using frozen mealworms. In a next phase, dried insects will be subjected to the LEEB treatment and impact on microbiological quality will be assessed.
  • HME: Successful co-extrusion of soy and pea with inclusion of insects (mealworm or BSF larvae) was achieved. Impact on texture and microbiological quality has been assessed. Other insect species will be used in HME in the next steps.

HME products, DIL

  • Tricanter centrifugation: the lab-scale optimisation of this processing technique has been completed. Pilot-scale trials are ongoing at the moment, and industrial scale tricanter centrifugation will follow after that.


Activities on Insects in Animal Feed

Digestibility trial on fish, broiler and piglets: the aim is to assess the nutrient digestibility of 4 batches of BSF larvae meal produced by Hermetia Baruth GmbH (partner of the project) or other EU producers to assess the stability composition and nutrient availability of a one year production cycle.

  • Rainbow trout and seabass: the first 3 batches of BSF larvae meal have been analysed and in vivo digestibility trials performed. Currently, faeces analyses are ongoing. The last batch will be assessed in January 2021.

UNITO fish faeces collection system

HCMR fish faeces collection system

  • Salmon: in vitro digestibility of 4 BSF meals has been performed as well as an in vivo trial.
  • Broiler: in vivo digestibility of the first 3 batches was performed in July-August 2020 and metabolize energy calculated. The analyses for the assessment of the other parameters are ongoing. To confirm the results, the trial will be repeated adding also the last BSF meal.

UNITO broiler metabolic cages

  • Piglets: the same 4 BSF meals used for trout, seabass and broiler will be assessed for piglets in an in vitro digestibility trial.

Activities on Decision Support System for Sustainable Insect Value Chains

  • Systematisation of previous studies on LCA of insect production allowed to establish a modular framework for the determination of sustainable hotspots for insect production chains. Modular approach for the DSS is based on a graphical mapping of value chains (allowed identification of precise system boundaries) supplemented with probability analysis of processing and production technologies application. Such an approach allows for consistency in LCA setting and further comparability of results not only with insect production chain (studies) but also with benchmark systems. The most important factors necessary to model insect production chains were feed type and amount of produced insects and waste, amount of natural resources used at production (including processing), end product, and some determinants of processing and packaging. These factors are associated with high environmental and economic relevant impacts and responsible for the key criteria of sustainable insect production. These criteria are further tested with multi-objective optimization algorithms.


Activities on Exploitation, Communication and Dissemination

  • Stakeholder Platform is implemented and launched! The objective is to foster the online discussion structure in a forum between the project partners and project stakeholders (consumers, farmers, representatives from industry, academia and civil society organisations). Please contact us if you would like to join the SUSINCHAIN Stakeholder Platform, as the platform is restricted to invitation only.




Spotlights & Media Room

SUSINCHAIN was featured in Buzzing Magazine

SUSINCHAIN was featured in Buzzing Magazine with an interview conducted with our coordinator Dr Teun Veldkamp.

The interview can be accessed here.

SUSINCHAIN on: Insects to Feed the World 2020 Virtual Conference

Insects to Feed the World 2020 Virtual Conference (November 23-26, 2020): SUSINCHAIN project structure and research line were presented at the conference by the Project Coordinator Dr. Teun Veldkamp. Presentations on (i) Industrial modular technologies and sustainable consequences of insect production and (ii) Sustainable insect value chains through integration of artificial intelligence algorithms were delivered by Sergiy Smetana. David Deruytter presented “Lost in the Desert: Influence on wet feed distribution on the density and growth rate of Tenebrio molitor”.

SUSINCHAIN on: European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) 2020 Virtual Meeting (December 1-4, 2020):

European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) 2020 Virtual Meeting (December 1-4, 2020): SUSINCHAIN project structure and research line were presented at the conference by the Project Coordinator Dr. Teun Veldkamp. An update on the standardisation protocol for the rearing of BSF was reported by prof. Laura Gasco. A presentation of Microorganism-insect interactions during the rearing of insects for food and feed was delivered by D. Vandeweyer and L. Van Campenhout.

SUSINCHAIN on: KU Leuven Horizon Launch Event

• SUSINCHAIN was presented by Prof. Dr. Ir. Leen Van Campenhout on the “KU Leuven Horizon Launch Event” that took place (online) on 11 December 2020.
Please see the video presentation here:

Featured News & Articles

  • On 25 September Dr. Nanna Roos presented to an online event by the Danish Insect Network. The network is a service under the Innovationsnetværk for Bioressourcer (INBIOM).



SUSINCHAIN one-day online Workshop

SUSINCHAIN one-day workshop was implemented virtually on 7 October due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the goal of discussing the most relevant supply-side barriers to large-scale commercialization of insect proteins in Europe and its potential solutions, the workshop gathered 70 participants online into six working groups with specific topics for discussion: rearing of insects, insect storage & processing, use of insects in feed, use of insects in food, safety, and sustainability.


EAAP 2021 – Davos, Switzerland (August 30 – September 3):
Call for abstracts will be open early January 2021 and the deadline for submission of abstracts will be March 1, 2021. Seven sessions on insects are scheduled focusing on:

  1. Advances in genetics and genomics of farmed insects
  2. Project session Sustainable Insect Chain (SUSINCHAIN)
  3. Sustainability assessments of insects as food and feed in a circular economy
  4. Insects as feed
  5. Insects as a bioremediation tool
  6. Standardisation and terminology
  7. Free communications insects

INSECTA 2021 - Magdeburg (Germany)
Insects to Feed the World 2022, Quebec, Canada

Partners & Stakeholders


Call for Supporting Organisations

Please contact us if you would like to join the SUSINCHAIN Stakeholder Platform, as the platform is restricted to invitation only. Please contact Ms. Thaís Soares.

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SUSINCHAIN received funding from the European Union’s H2020 programme under the grant agreement 861976.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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