Inventory reveals wide biodiversity of edible insects in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Abstract:

In response to growing food demand, edible insects are perceived as an opportunity to alleviate food insecurity. With its wide edible insects’ biodiversity, the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of Africa’s most critical entomophagous. This study aimed at giving a first insight on inventory showing diversity, perception, consumption, availability, host plants, harvesting techniques and processing techniques of edible insects in South-Kivu, DRC. It recorded twenty-three edible insects belonging to nine families and five orders, some of which are consumed in the larval, adult, egg and pupa stages. Rhyncophorus phoenicis, Alphitobius diaperinus, Macrotermes subhyalinus and Acheta domesticus were the most preferred edible insects in Fizi Territory, Ruspolia differens and Apis mellifera larvae in Kabare Territory, Imbrasia oyemensis, Imbrasia epimethea, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus and Rhyncophorus phoenicis in Mwenga Territory, Ruspolia differens, Macrotermes subhyalinus, Gryllotalpa africana, Nsike, Nomadacris septemfasciata and A. mellifera larvae in Walungu Territory. Ruspolia differens, I. oyemensis, A. mellifera larvae, G. africana and Nsike, were preferred for their taste. Acheta domesticus, A. diaperinus and A. mellifera larvae were abundant throughout the year, while others were only available for 9 months or less per year. Numerous plants have been recorded as their hosts,including plants used for food and income. Harvesting strategies and period, processing methods and preservation techniques depend on insect species, local knowledge and practices. These findings suggest similar and thorough studies on entomophagy across the country while encouraging the rearing of edible insects to address their existing high demand and environmental concerns
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APA

Ishara, J , Ishara, J & Ishara, J (2024). Inventory reveals wide biodiversity of edible insects in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/inventory-reveals-wide-biodiversity-of-edible-insects-in-the-eastern-democratic-republic-of-congo

MLA 8th

Ishara, Jackson et. al. "Inventory reveals wide biodiversity of edible insects in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/inventory-reveals-wide-biodiversity-of-edible-insects-in-the-eastern-democratic-republic-of-congo. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

MLA7

Ishara, Jackson, Jackson Ishara and Jackson Ishara . "Inventory reveals wide biodiversity of edible insects in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024. Web. 26 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/inventory-reveals-wide-biodiversity-of-edible-insects-in-the-eastern-democratic-republic-of-congo >.

Chicago

Ishara, Jackson , Ishara, Jackson and Ishara, Jackson . "Inventory reveals wide biodiversity of edible insects in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 26, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/inventory-reveals-wide-biodiversity-of-edible-insects-in-the-eastern-democratic-republic-of-congo