Inagro vzw (INAGRO)
Inagro has a long standing history of agricultural research: since its start in 1956 the number of research topics has continuously enlarged. In the last 5 years Inagro cooperated/is cooperating in approx. 400 projects, of which in about 10 percent as coordinator. Nowadays Inagro focuses on agri- and horticulture, including the integral supply chain and the linkages with nature, environment and society. Prospective plans focus on the production of food, including functional foods, feed, biofuel, fibre, flowers, pharmacy and biorefinery practices. Inagro is a knowledge associate and center of excellence, through applied and practice-oriented scientific research for the professional sector and the agro-food cluster, for the community, the provincial services and every policy level. At the Insect Research Center (IRC), with 6 climate controlled rearing rooms, we are able to perform applied research on a semi-industrial scale. This means that we use materials and rearing protocols of insect rearing companies. In this way our research results and our optimized rearing protocols are immediately applicable by those companies. The key insect species currently reared at Inagro are Hermetia illucens (10 tons/year) and Tenebrio molitor (5 tons/year). Furthermore, we have experience with Acheta domesticus and Blaptica dubia. The main research topics are optimization and automatization of insect production systems and valorization of side streams using insects in the different fields of agriculture and horticulture. The IRC is part of the team of Aquaculture & Insect Rearing (7 FTE’s) and consists of technicians and engineers.