About this Research Topic
Microbes, combined with black soldier fly larvae (BSFL), can convert organic waste into products of value. In this procedure, the BSFL can be harvested and used as a high-quality protein resource, while the residues can be used as fertilizer. The gut microbiota of insects degrades macromolecules such as protein, fat, polysaccharide, cellulose, polystyrene, and polyethylene, as well as hazardous substances such as antibiotics, mycotoxin, and odorous substances, inhibiting pathogens in the organic waste. Some BSFL gut microbes have been isolated and used in the organic waste bioconversion industry. However, the structure and function of gut microbes in various organic wastes, as well as how gut microbes interact with their host BSFL, are unknown.
In recent years, research on the gut microbiome of BSFL has become a hotspot, but there are many scientific and application questions that remain unanswered and require further investigation. Microbial diversity and chronological community dynamics, for example, vary in different parts of the BSFL gut and with different organic waste. Besides, the mechanism by which microorganisms collaborate with BSFL to convert organic waste or degrade hazardous substances in organic side streams is unclear. Furthermore, some BSFL functional gut microbes continue to face application challenges.
This Research Topic will compile the state-of-art advantages of BSFL and their gut microbiome. This Research Topic welcomes all kinds of manuscripts meeting the Microbial Symbiosis and Microbiotechnology requirements. Sub-topics could include, but are not limited to:
1: Structure of BSFL gut microbiome, including the community assemblance, chronological community dynamics, etc.
2: The symbiosis of the Black soldier fly and the gut microbe, including the interactions in the nutrition conversion efficiency in BSFL growth, antibiotic-resistant attenuation and antibiotics degradation, pathogens inhibition, etc.
3: Black soldier fly microbiome and their application in BSFL conversion of organic waste.
Keywords: Hermetia illucens L., gut microbes, symbiosis, community structure, function, interaction, application
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