Harmful and beneficial symbionts of Tenebrio molitor and their implications for disease management

Slowik, A.R. ORCID:; Herren, P. ORCID:; Bessette, E.; Lim, F.S.; Hernández-Pelegrín, L.; Savio, C.. 2023 Harmful and beneficial symbionts of Tenebrio molitor and their implications for disease management. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed, 9 (10). 1381-1395.

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The yellow mealworm, Tenebrio molitor, is currently one of the most important insect species produced for livestock feed and human consumption. High-density rearing conditions make the risk of disease and infections by parasitic symbionts a challenge in the mass production of these insects. However, certain symbionts are beneficial and should be favoured in order to promote healthy insect populations. Knowledge of parasitic symbionts and their management is essential for the insect rearing industry and its associated research. Here we review the documented microbial infectious agents, invertebrate parasites, and beneficial symbionts occurring in T. molitor. Furthermore, we discuss detection, prevention, and treatment methods for disease management in T. molitor production systems to inform future management and decision making in T. molitor rearing.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2352-4588
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: mass-rearing, insect diseases, beneficial microorganisms, entomopathogens, probiotics, yellow mealworm
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 07 Nov 2023 16:19 +0 (UTC)

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