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 – – and discover how we harness the power of insects to help repair the future.

AgriProtein is evolving

London, 13 February 2019

AgriProtein’s holding company is accelerating and broadening its global mission to develop sustainable, insect-based nutrient recycling solutions. The holding company will change its name in the coming weeks to the “Insect Technology Group”, or ITG for short.

The Insect Technology Group™ now owns the following consumer facing companies:

AgriProtein™ is dedicated to converting post-consumer food waste into sustainable, complete protein for the aquaculture-feed industry, insect oil, and organic soil conditioner.

It will use ITG’s black soldier fly technology to stay at the forefront of food waste nutrient recycling.

Circular Organics™ which focuses exclusively on traceable, EU-approved, non-meat substrates.

Using ITG’s black soldier fly technology, it will convert the animal feed-grade substrates into premium protein, lipid and chitin products for use as animal feed ingredients.

Circular Organics™ will initially focus on developing sites in Europe and the Benelux region.

MultiCycle Technologies™ already safely and sustainably deals with higher-risk substrates including faecal matter, animal manure and abattoir waste.

The BioCycle™ with its plant in Durban, South Africa, is its main operating subsidiary. This company generates a variety of products which can then be used in agricultural, commercial, and industrial applications.

These three group companies are bringing insect-based technologies to the world and helping repair the future.