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AgriProtein Completes Sequencing of Black Soldier Fly Genome

Cape Town, 28 November 2019

AgriProtein Technologies (part of the Insect Technology Group) in collaboration with the South African National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape, have sequenced the genome of the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) across both sexes and strains originating from Kenya and South Africa. In addition to the whole genome sequence, miRNA sequencing has been carried out on four life stages of the fly, namely: egg, larvae, pupae and unmated male and female fly in order to create a map of expression across the life of the fly.

Within the Insect Technology Group, we have over 50 skilled and experienced scientists working as part of our global Research & Development team to expand the understanding of the insects that we work with. Our team has embarked on unravelling the blueprint of the black soldier fly and continues to push the boundaries of scientific exploration, knowledge and understanding of this remarkable insect to drive our factory operating metrics.

Read more about what we do here – www.agriprotein.com – and discover how we harness the power of insects to help repair the future.