Environment–host–parasite interactions in mass-reared insects

Herren, Pascal ORCID:; Hesketh, Helen ORCID:; Meyling, Nicolai V.; Dunn, Alison M.. 2023 Environment–host–parasite interactions in mass-reared insects. Trends in Parasitology, 39 (7). 588-602.

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The mass production of insects is rapidly expanding globally, supporting multiple industrial needs. However, parasite infections in insect mass-production systems can lower productivity and can lead to devastating losses. High rearing densities and artificial environmental conditions in mass-rearing facilities affect the insect hosts as well as their parasites. Environmental conditions such as temperature, gases, light, vibration, and ionizing radiation can affect productivity in insect mass-production facilities by altering insect development and susceptibility to parasites. This review explores the recent literature on environment–host–parasite interactions with a specific focus on mass-reared insect species. Understanding these complex interactions offers opportunities to optimise environmental conditions for the prevention of infectious diseases in mass-reared insects.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1471-4922
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: immunity, pathogens, environmental stress, insect mass production
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 08 Nov 2023 15:50 +0 (UTC)

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