Summary

Natalie is researching how to grow a food extremely similar to conventional meat from insects. As a neglected area of research, this work first involves establishing cell lines and serum-free media formulations for insect species. Natalie will then develop sustainable and edible scaffolds to culture the cells in a 3D format. Finally, she will assess the nutrient profile and texture of the tissues compared to conventional meat products.

 

Natalie Rubio presenting entomoculture at New Harvest 2019 conference

Natalie explaining entomoculture at New Harvest’s 2019 conference. She coined the term “entomoculture” herself to describe the subfield of cellular agriculture which specifically deals with the production of insect tissue in vitro.

Fluorescent microscopy image of manioca sexta (caterpillar) embryonic precursor cells differentiated with insect molting hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone.

Fluorescent microscopy image of manioca sexta (caterpillar) embryonic precursor cells differentiated with insect molting hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone.