Dr. Elaine Fitches

Director, PROteINSECT / FERA


  • Workshop 2 - Sustainable Aquaculture - Prospects & Challenges

    Tuesday 19 April 14:45 - 14:50

    PROteINSECT Project & Aquaculture Tilapia insect feeding trial


    Elaine Fitches, Ph.D. is a Research Fellow in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University, UK working in close collaboration with the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera, York). Her dedicated research focus lies in the field of applied entomology and more specifically, the investigation and development of novel biopesticides for the control of invertebrate pests. Additional interests in the use RNA interference as a strategy for the control of insect pests. Growing involvement in the field of “insect biotechnology”, investigating potential for the exploitation of insects as sustainable sources of products (principally proteins and oils) for use in animal feed and as industrial feedstocks. Currently co-ordinator of “PROteINSECT”, an EU funded programme investigating the potential of insects as a source of protein for animal feed. Elaine has considerable experience in biochemistry, molecular biology and invertebrate physiology and has more than 10 years experience in project management.