The plasticity of insects' microbiome and the impact of feeding to chickens

Lead Supervisor: John Brameld

There is an urgent need to find alternative sustainable protein sources to meet increasing demand.  Insects are a rich source of protein that can be grown on low-value feeds and have a low carbon footprint, so have the potential to be used as an alternative feed source.   Insects are eaten whole, therefore potentially passing their microbial contents on to the livestock. 

In this project we will seek to determine whether the microbiome of insects could be manipulated in a positive way, which could then be used in a probiotic approach, in addition to their nutritional value for animal production. 

Industry partner - AB Agri/AB Vista

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 Funding details:

  • This opportunity is open to both Home and International students. Funding is available for four years from October 2024.
  • The award covers tuition fees at the home rate (currently £4712) plus an annual stipend (currently £18,622 for 2023/2024). This is set by the Research Councils. 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme

The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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