Hendrix Genetics, in its quest to be more innovative, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Protix, leader in insect protein production. The collaborative effort aims to further improve the potential of insects as an efficient protein converter to use for feed, the company said.
Protix developed a way to efficiently produce black soldier flies, which was a significant achievement because these flies are a source of high-quality protein but have very inexpensive input costs. Black soldier flies are excellent protein extractors and can thrive on almost anything, including leftover food. Protix, besides producing insect ingredients for feed, also produces mealworms, crickets and locusts -- all efficiently and hygienically.
“At Protix, we have dedicated ourselves to the development of the necessary technologies to produce insects at scale in a safe and hygienic way. It is time for the next step and partner in breeding to realize our full potential,” Protix chief operating officer Bas Jurgens said.
Hendrix Genetics, a leading multi-species genetics company, said it is the right partner when it comes to enhancing breeding methods and improving each generation. Hendrix Genetics scientists are experts in knowledge transfer between species and have a lot to offer the nascent insect breeding field, the company said.
"Partnering with Protix offers a unique opportunity to jointly create a world-leading program in insect breeding. Hendrix Genetics is truly multi-species focused, and we experience every day that sharing knowledge across species speeds up innovation. Working on insects adds a new dimension and opportunity to create added value,” said Johan van Arendonk, Hendrix Genetics chief technology and innovation officer.
Hendrix Genetics said it is proud to add to the professional capacity of Protix in this mutually beneficial partnership.
“As the insect industry is booming, with recent approvals from bodies like the (European Union) to use insects in aquaculture feed, the possibilities are limitless. We look forward to and expect strong results for both parties as we help each other grow in a sustainable and collaborative manner,” the company stated.