Oecophylla smaragdina food conversion efficiency: prospects for ant farming

  title={Oecophylla smaragdina food conversion efficiency: prospects for ant farming},
  author={Joachim Offenberg},
  journal={Journal of Applied Entomology},
  • J. Offenberg
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • Biology
  • Journal of Applied Entomology
Oecophylla ants are sold at high prices on several commercial markets as a human delicacy, as pet food or as traditional medicine. Currently markets are supplied by ants collected from the wild; however, an increasing interest in ant farming exists as all harvest is easily sold and as ant farming can be combined with the use of the ants in biological control programmes in tropical plantations where pest insects are converted into ant biomass. To assess the cost‐benefits of ant farming based on… 

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