A key part of our business is our industrial biology and it starts with the collection of fly eggs. Our flies are kept in ideal, digitally controlled, bio-secure conditions that mimic nature. These have been designed by our entomologists and engineers and in some cases patented.
From specific light wavelengths that mimic dawn and dusk, when reproduction occurs in the wild, to fly sexing techniques and natural day cycles we maximise egg production from each cubic metre of cage space.
Through natural selection and brood stock techniques our entomologists ensure that we always have the strongest genetic strains in our system, whilst maintaining population diversity. From selecting the highest performing male breeders to the females that lay the most eggs, our biology team of PhDs and MScs have started mapping the genome phenotypes of our signature breeding stock.
Eggs become juvenile larvae, and these remarkable creatures increase their weight over 200 times in just 10 days as they eat through the specially researched and presented LarvaeLunch in optimal climatic conditions.
As in any farming operation, feeding rates, animal well-being and competition are key elements that our work with our partner Universities has studied over the last eight years, ensuring the highest possible survival rate from hatch to harvest, just 14 days later.
While we still run an active laboratory of 22 researchers, scientists and students, their work is only of value when it delivers industrial scale output. We are especially proud of our team who have transitioned over almost a decade from microscoping single flies to driving commercial production.
Our cutting edge science is still pushing research boundaries. Exciting antibiotic expressions and natural well-being nutrition from our products are current areas of focus. The team never stop questioning, never feel they have understood everything and are empowered to embark on large programmes such as the current mapping and sequencing of our flies’ DNA and RNA profiles.