Darja Dobermann

Darja Dobermann

Harpenden, United Kingdom

Rothamsted Research and University of Nottingham

PhD Researcher

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Published on Jun 21, 2017

Teeny Tiny Caterpillars

**Posted by Darja on behalf of Charlotte as internet is proving tricky in Burkina Faso**The eggs have started to hatch into tiny larvae, which is exciting. Here, the caterpillars are known as ‘chit...

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Published on Jun 08, 2017

All hands on deck

**Posted by Darja on behalf of Charlotte as internet is proving tricky in Burkina Faso**The trial in Burkina Faso involves a lot of work and we've hired a brilliant local farmer to be our technicia...

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Published on Jun 07, 2017

Meal Prep! Moth style...

The cornerstone of our project is identifying an artificial, in the sense that it is not their host plant, feed source for the caterpillars to be reared on. There is absolutely no previous research...

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Published on Jun 06, 2017

Moth Mayhem

**Published by Darja on behalf of Charlotte as internet is proving tricky in Burkina Faso**Last night was really quite surreal. More than once, the proverb "be careful what you wish for" came to mi...

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Published on May 25, 2017

Starting Field Work

**posted by Darja on behalf of Charlotte as internet is proving tricky in Burkina Faso**Hello!Here’s an update from the field. Well - from Ouagadougou :)The rains fell early in West Africa this yea...

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Published on May 03, 2017

Peaks and Troughs

It has been an exciting few days, with lots of highs and now a few lows. On Friday we saw our first moth emerge, who also needed some rescuing. Unfortunately, the next day we found him dead. This w...

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Published on Apr 28, 2017

Action 2.0!

Well, it has been a very exciting day indeed!Shortly after our last lab note, we became acutely aware that something wasn't quite right with how our moth was emerging. It was coming out tail end fi...

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Published on Apr 28, 2017

Action!

After a few weeks of holding our breath, realising that unfortunately a large number of our pupae were already dead, playing with minor temperature and light adjustments, and crossing our fingers w...

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Published on Apr 03, 2017

Moth House

Hi everyone! I haven't written a lab note yet but figured it was about time to update from the lab side of the project. First of all, thank you a thousand times to everyone who has backed us, we ar...

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Great questions! 1) What will he be used for now? Right now, his main purpose is to mate with one of the females which will hopefully(!) emerge in the next few days so that we can get a set of eggs and then caterpillars. Other then that he just gets to hang out and live his best moth life. 2) Did he come out normal given his complicated history? Hard to say that this stage really. After emerging it takes several hours for moths to unfurl their wings and for them to harden. The biggest thing that could go wrong with him is that his wings may be deformed if he was trapped too long. We aren't sure how long he was struggling to emerge before we helped, so it is possible he damaged his wings and they won't unfurl properly. We're hoping this won't be the case and he'll be fine. 3) What does he taste like? Not a clue, the reason being you wouldn't actually want to eat the moth, the edible stage is the caterpillar stage which is much more meat and much less fuzz.
Apr 28, 2017
Achieving food sovereignty with edible insects: Breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition
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Amusingly enough you are not the first person to say that today! :)
Apr 28, 2017
Achieving food sovereignty with edible insects: Breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition
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Delighted to have your support! Some exciting updates to look out for in the next two weeks!
Mar 03, 2017
Achieving food sovereignty with edible insects: Breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition
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Hi Annie, glad you like it! We're super excited as well to get it going. Any help spreading the word about the project would be awesome!
Mar 03, 2017
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Glad you like it :) We'll definitely keep you updated!
Feb 27, 2017
Achieving food sovereignty with edible insects: Breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition
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Thanks, Chris! We appreciate the support and hopefully we'll have exciting lab notes to share soon!
Feb 21, 2017
Achieving food sovereignty with edible insects: Breaking the cycle of poverty and malnutrition
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