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Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Pp. 230-236 in the Ninth International Animal, Agricultural and Food Processing Wastes Proceedings of the 12-15 October 2003 Symposium (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA), Publication Date 12 October 2003.  701P1203.(doi:10.13031/2013.15255)
Authors:   M. Ohura
Keywords:   Automation, Biotechnology, Control, CEIPS, Silkworm, Rearing

We have designed and developed a Controlled Environment Insect Production System (CEIPS) for automated insect rearing. The goal is to establish a fully automated large-scale insect rearing system for the low-cost, large-scale production of new materials and substances with novel functions.

For the utilization of silkworm baculovirus expression in the production of useful substances, it is necessary to develop a fully automated silkworm rearing machine. The machine will be able to raise silkworms year round in an environmentally-controlled room. We have been attempting to develop an automatic silkworm rearing system that will facilitate inexpensive, stable, and perennial automatic rearing of silkworm.

This production system is gene recombinant technology. We need to pay attention to the treatment of waste materials. The excrements of silkworm, dead body of silkworm after the hemolymph is extracted, and washing water must be treated.

Therefore, a waste material treatment system was constructed. The drain is sterilized by a highpressure steam sterilization device which is installed below the insect production building. An incinerator burns up excrement and carcasses. To incinerate materials completely, the incinerator is designed without a fire grate and has a floor shaped like a ship bottom.

In this system, we protect against an unexpected diffusion of waste substances even if the used baculovirus is completely innocuous to the human being and the other animals.

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