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Industrial rearing of edible insects could be a major source of new biological invasions
  • Alok Bang,
  • Franck Courchamp
Alok Bang
Indian Institute of Science Education Research Pune
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Franck Courchamp
CNRS
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Abstract

The recent upsurge in the edible insect market has seen industrialisation and intensification without adequate regulatory policy guidelines in place. The species being reared and sold are often non-native, in rearing centres not equipped to contain the species, and in areas without regional or national pre-entry regulations, post-entry monitoring guidelines and early response programs to address escapee species. Such unregulated transport, trade and rearing of species, compounded by the policy and implementation loopholes at the regional, national and international levels will most likely lead to new biological invasions, as has been witnessed with other unregulated trade practices. To avoid this, it is necessary to monitor and regulate the species to be reared, to improve the quarantine guidelines of the rearing centres, and to be more stringent about the policies and practices that allow movements of non-native species across international borders.

Peer review status:Published

17 Sep 2020Submitted to Ecology Letters
18 Sep 2020Submission Checks Completed
18 Sep 2020Assigned to Editor
24 Sep 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
28 Sep 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
05 Oct 20201st Revision Received
06 Oct 2020Submission Checks Completed
06 Oct 2020Assigned to Editor
06 Oct 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
06 Oct 2020Editorial Decision: Accept
23 Nov 2020Published in Ecology Letters. 10.1111/ele.13646