H2B* for Increasing Yields of Insect Farming
As the world’s population increases, it becomes increasingly difficult to provide food, particularly in the form of complete protein. Insects are an excellent source of complete protein and some vitamins. They eat almost anything. They are ‘natural’ cleaners of the environment. Insect food can also serve as food for lower animals. Although insects breed and grow rapidly, a biotechnology that would increase protein yield would be of economic significance. Since H2 has been shown to increase reproduction and growth in many life forms (1, 2), there is no reason to doubt its growth promoting effects for insect populations. Insect cells are also powered by mitochondria.
An insect farm was modeled to determine if wildtype insects would be attracted to an H2B* formulation generating H2 . The formula was as follows: 4.1% of H2B* and 5% of fructose were mixed with 5% acetic acid. The H2 content of the formula was found to be 800 ppb, pH of 3.35. The container was placed outside of the laboratory. Over the course of 24-hours, bees, flies, ants and other un-identified insects appeared to be attracted to the container. The purpose of placing insect food in the H2-rich H2B*, is to attract insects to the formulation, thereby exposing the insects to a higher concentration of H2. As the insects ingest both the insect food and the H2B*, they will come into close contact with H2 - which will be both ingested and absorbed into their body parts – in contact with the formulation.
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(2) Zeng, J. et. Al. (2014) Progress in the study of biological effects of hydrogen on higher plants and its promising application in agriculture. Medical Gas Research 4 15.