The Herald: Beta Bugs Are Flying in the Face of Food Convention

Beta Bugs flying in the face of food convention Most of us associate Belgium with its own very distinctive regional gastronomy – some of the world’s best beer, mussels and hearty stews such as beef carbonnade. But when Thomas Farrugia visited Antwerp a decade ago, he tried something altogether more exotic: insects from a street […]

Feed Info: Interview with Beta Bugs

INTERVIEW WITH FEED INFO: Genetics are the Missing Link in Insect Supply Chain As the insect feed sector scales up and professionalises, there is a space opening up within that supply chain for companies to specialize not in the production of insects, but in supplying the companies who will themselves produce the insects. One such […]

The Scotsman: Why We All Need To Catch The Insect Eating Bug

Why We All Need To Catch The Insect Eating Bug To most Scots, they may not provide the most appetising of meals, yet insects have been at the centre of many people’s culinary world for centuries. As the global population is expected to swell to more than 9 billion by 2030, according to the United […]

Buzzing Magazine: Q&A with Thomas Farrugia

The Q&A: Thomas Farrugia, Founder & CEO of Beta Bugs Thomas Farrugia originally hails from Malta but it is in Scotland that he found his calling: insect breeding. It doesn’t seem like the obvious career trajectory for a doctor in chemistry, but like every scientist worth his salt, Thomas saw a problem (inefficiencies) in an […]

Royal Society of Edinburgh: How Insects Could Provide a Solution to Climate Change

Royal Society of Edinburgh – How Insects Could Provide a Solution to Climate Change Dr Thomas Farrugia is Founder and CEO of Beta Bugs Limited, the insect genetics company, which he established in 2017. The company, headquartered at Easter Bush Campus, develops and distributes high-performance breeds of Black Soldier Fly for the insects-as-feed industry. The […]

KTN: Insectrial Revolution – Shaping the Future of Sustainable Protein

Insectrial Revolution: Shaping the Future of Sustainable Protein Insect protein has the potential to help address key global challenges such as feeding a growing world population while reducing land use and providing environmental benefits key to net zero targets. 15 UK organisations have come together to accelerate the development of cutting edge technology to upcycle […]

Reuters: British Start-Up Breeds High Performance Bugs for Animal Feed

British Start-Up Breeds High Performance Bugs for Animal Feed British start-up Beta Bugs is breeding high performance strains of black soldier fly for the insect feed sector, and is selecting traits like growth rate, protein content, fat composition and even temperature tolerance according to clients’ needs. Most animal feed is made from soy which is […]

The Herald: Manmade ‘Superfly’ Could Help Feed World’s Livestock

Manmade ‘Superfly’ Could Help Feed World’s Livestock They have voracious appetites and are perhaps the least enticing of morsels. But in a laboratory near Edinburgh, squirming supersize dark brown maggots and cages crammed with tens of thousands of their winged big brothers and sisters are offering a tantalising glimpse into the future of farming. Using selective […]

The Scotsman: Bug Farming Set to Create a Buzz in Scotland

Bug Farming Set to Create a Buzz in Scotland Innovative Scots could start the new decade with a novel career that can be both lucrative and beneficial to the planet, according to a new report from the nation’s waste watchdog. The publication, for Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS), analyses the economic potential of insect farming. It […]

Midlothian Science Zone: Case Study on Beta Bugs

Case Study on Beta Bugs Ltd Beta Bugs Limited is a young, entrepreneurial company, established in 2017, that develops and distributes high-performance insect breeds as a source of protein for animal feed and is at the forefront of driving a sustainable bio economy in Scotland. Beta Bugs Limited is an agri-food biotechnology company, based at the […]