Insect Rearing Center

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Additional Items of Interest

International Conference “Insects to Feed the World": 14-17 May 2014

This conference has the overall objective of promoting “… the use of insects as human food and as animal feed in assuring food security” through both invited and contributed presentations and tours. Sponsored by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)/Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR), this conference will be held at the Hotel Reehorst, Ede, The Netherlands. Invited speakers who have accepted include:

Eraldo M. Costa Neto(Brazil)
Alan Yen(Australia)
Jorgen Eilenberg/Annette Bruun Jensen(Denmark)
Santos Rojo(Spain)
John C. Schneider(USA)
David Drew(South Africa)
Paul Rozin(USA)
Monica Ayieko(Kenya)
Paul Vantomme(FAO).

Insect Rearing Professionals Discussion Group

During the 2011 MSU Insect Rearing Workshop, the idea was born to create an internet discussion group in order to communicate and exchange information on insect rearing. The Insect Rearing Professionals Discussion Group is now a reality. This group is open to anyone anywhere in the world working in insect rearing, and any topics in the field of rearing insects may be discussed. For registration instructions, go to Please include in your membership request a short introduction of yourself-at least your name, job title, and institution/company-to be posted to the group after your request is accepted. The group is managed by Léon Westerd, Head of Insect Rearing, Entomology Laboratory, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands. For any questions you can contact him at

Rearing codling moth for the insect sterile insect technique (Information)

This book published 2010 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in the Plant Production and Protection Paper series compiles and summarizes available information on the rearing of the codling moth in relation to the SIT. The book was authored by Dr V.A. Dyck, a former staff member of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria.

John Schneider book editor
John Schneider book editor

Insect/Mite/Nematode Producer Data Base (Information)

Peter Ebling, a workshop attendee, and his staff at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Ontario, Canada, have established a database to provide a comprehensive world-wide listing of producers who sell or donate live insects. We support their effort and highly encourage insect rearers around the world to participate in the database. To view the database or to submit information for inclusion in the database, CTRL/mouse click on the following link: GLFC Insect Producer Data Base.

Symposium on Rearing Insect Natural Enemies: Beijing, China

July 2009, Dr. Frank Davis, accompanied by his wife Carole, traveled to Beijing, China, at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Frank presented a 2.5 h lecture entitled "Key technologies for rearing high quality insects" at the symposium "The System Engineering for Rearing Insect Natural Enemies."

ICE XXIII Presentation

Dr. Frank Davis gave two invited presentations in the symposium "Education and Training for Insect Rearers" at the 23rd International Congress of Entomology (ICE XXXIII) held July 2008 in Durban, South Africa. His presentations stressed the educational and training needs of insect rearers and the opportunities provided to fulfill these needs through the MSU Insect Rearing Workshop. What makes the talks unique is that Dr. Davis made them via satellite communications link between Mississippi State University and Durban. The use of this technology was a first for the ICE, and it is our understanding that this technology will most likely be used in future ICE's.

New York Times Article

In 2007, we were fortunate to have Guy Gugliotta, free lance journalist, attend the workshop. On January 8, 2008, a half page article appeared in the New York Times (Science Section) entitled, "To Raise Armyworms and Corn Borers, Study Insect Husbandry". It focused on the workshop and on the career of Dr. Frank M. Davis, MSU Emeritus Adjunct Professor/Workshop Coordinator, including his development of technology for rearing the southwestern corn borer, the fall armyworm, and other noctuid lepidoptera. To view the article, CTRL/mouse click on the following link: New York Times Gugliotta article.