CNR is the largest public research institution in Italy. CNR’s mission is to carry out, promote and disseminate research activities in the main sectors of knowledge and study their application to the scientific, technological and social development of the country. Organized within seven thematic departments, CNR embrace wide and diversified fields of research with a widely distributed research network throughout the national territory in which they operate thousands of researchers and scholars. The CNR unit is composed by members of two CNR Institutes (Institute of Sciences of Food Production & Institute of BioEconomy) of the Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Science with laboratories located in the cities of Turin, Milan and Bologna and equipped for chemical, microbiological and sensorial analyses. These institutes together encompasses about 200 researchers and carries out scientific activities aimed to improve quality and safety of agro-food products and the sustainability of primary production promoting innovation in all fields related to agriculture and food science.
German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL) have around 150 member companies from the food industry and related fields and operates as a research institute working in the areas of product development, process development and analysis. Forming a bridge between science and practice, DIL supports its partners in the innovation process. Researchers of Food Data Group of DIL contribute to the project performing a Consequential Life Cycle Assessment for innovative feed components and feed formulations and contributing in the dissemination of project results. Food Data Group is owing a license for Life Cycle Assessment software and specialized LCA databases, related to insect production and processing.
INAGRO VZW is the knowledge partner of agricultural and horticultural businesses in the areas of innovation and sustainability. Within its own optimized professional research infrastructure, Inagro’s scientific and technical teams devise farming and cultivation techniques ready for practical use. Inagro delivers the appropriate advice at the right time in the most appropriate way to the farming and horticultural sector with a due focus of attention going out to economy, ecology and society. In the Practice Centre Insect, Inagro rearing insects at a semi-industrial level, which allows insect rearing companies to directly implement the outcome of our research. Inagro is responsible for the production of insect larvae within this project. In order to make the use of insect larvae as chicken feed as ecologically and economically viable as possible there will be an important emphasis on the useof plant-based side streams as insect feed.
Nofima AS, the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries & Aquaculture Research is a partly governmental owned, independent institute and one of Europe’s largest institute for applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture & food. Nofima’s interdisciplinary research targets whole value-chain innovations for sustainable growth in the fish, aquaculture & food industries. Nofima has 363 employees & customers from 31 countries,and was engaged in 591 projects. At the Department of Food and Health of Nofima the team members has experience in analysis of food digestibility using in vitro models combined with different chemical analysis.
Università degli Studi di Torino (UNITO) is one of the largest Italian Universities, with about 80.000 students, 3.900 employees (academic, administrative and technical staff), 1.800 post-graduate and post-doctoral research fellows. Research and training are performed in 27 Departments, encompassing all scientific disciplines. With reference to the most recent national evaluation of the Italian university system (VQR 2011-2014), UNITO is ranked in the top three Italian universities in nine scientific areas out of 16. UNITO manages roughly 500 projects per year, both at the national and international level. The UNITO group is composed by scientists belonging to two Departments (Veterinary Science and Agriculture, Forestry and Food Sciences). The team disposes of a poultry unit in which it is possible to perform animal trials according to organic rules. The extensive poultry house is divided into 24 pens, each including an external paddock. The research group is composed by 2 veterinarians and 2 animal scientists which integrate competences regarding poultry breeding, animal welfare, meat quality and histologic evaluations of various animal tissue.