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Almond Board Funds UC Davis Research on Cultivating Larvae as Animal Feed.
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The Almond Board of California has committed to nearly $7 million in research investment this year, including one project at the University of California Davis that’s investigating the cultivation of black soldier fly larvae on the fibrous outer hulls of almonds. The UC Davis research is using the hulls as feedstock to farm insect larvae, making the larvae a nutrient-rich food for poultry or aquaculture, said Lydia Palma, a Ph.D. student in the UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, in a recent interview with the Sacramento Business Journal.

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California almonds make life better by what we grow and how we grow. The Almond Board of California promotes natural, wholesome and quality almonds through leadership in strategic market development, innovative research, and accelerated adoption of industry best practices on behalf of the more than 6,800 almond farmers and processors in California, most of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.