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Hello NPR listeners » Black Soldier Fly Blog

Hello NPR listeners » Black Soldier Fly Blog | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
We're very happy to see information about black soldier flies (BSF) getting out into the mainstream. NPR does a great job of finding interesting and educational topics, and this program is a great example.
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Using BSF for processing organic wastes and/or raising insect protein is relatively new to most people, but it’s growing exponentially. BSF larvae are super-fast composters, and they are a valuable feed for backyard chickens, exotic pets, and a wide variety of livestock. This site has good basic information about BSF, but if you want to get into some geeky detail, I recommend a visit to ourforum. Enjoy!

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Insects as a sustainable commercial protein feed alternative for livestock.
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Edible Insects for Animal Feed Market : Global Forecast over 2016-2024 – SAT Press Releases

Edible Insects for Animal Feed Market : Global Forecast over 2016-2024 – SAT Press Releases | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
Edible insects for animal feed market has been segmented on the basis of insect type, form, application and geography. On the basis of type edible insects for animal feed market can be segmented into grasshoppers, flies, bees, wasps, worms, ants, beetles, and termites. Among these segments some of the key insect species used as feed are black soldier flies, silkworms and yellow mealworms. On the basis of form edible insects for animal feed market can be segmented into raw, dried, steam or fried and frozen. On the basis of application edible insects for animal feed market can be segmented into aquaculture, poultry and pets. Pet foods have seen an increasing demand for grasshoppers in dried as well as frozen forms. On the basis of geography edible insects for animal feed market can be segmented into Latin America, North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific.
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Insect protein for sub-Saharan Africa needs a push

Insect protein for sub-Saharan Africa needs a push | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
With the exception of South Africa, rearing, processing and use of insects is still at an experimentation level in sub-Saharan Africa. More research is needed on the technical and economic feasibility of using insects, as the current costs of feed is too high for most African fish and poultry farmers.
This is according to a review article, written by researchers from Uganda and Kenya and published in the Journal of Insects as Food and Feed. The review presents the extent to which insects have been utilised as an alternative protein source in feed in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
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Insect meal gains US fish feed approval | The Fish Site

Insect meal gains US fish feed approval | The Fish Site | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
The US Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has agreed to Enterra Feed Corporation’s request to include black soldier fly (BSF) larvae meal in feed for salmonids, which includes salmon, trout and arctic char, in their list of authorised feed ingredients. The supporting material and the change in the definition was reviewed and supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“This is the first time an insect meal product has been approved in North America for the aquaculture industry and we’re excited to be the first to market,” said Andrew Vickerson, Chief technology officer at Enterra.
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Animal nutrition updates from around the world

Animal nutrition updates from around the world | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it

Enterra gets approval to sell insect ingredients
Enterra Feed Corporation has received new approvals to sell its insect-based feed ingredients in the United States, Canada and the European Union. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) in the United States has agreed to Enterra’s request to include Black Soldier Fly Larvae Meal in feed for salmonids, which includes salmon, trout and arctic char, in their list of authorised feed ingredients. The supporting material and the change in the definition was reviewed and supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Enterra also received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to sell Enterra Whole Dried Larvae in Canada as a feed ingredient for tilapia and poultry, including chickens, ducks, geese and turkey. This builds on previous approvals for the same product in salmonid feed in 2017 and broiler chicken feed in 2016. Enterra is now registered in the EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES), which allows the company to export its insect feed ingredients to all member countries of the European Union. New EU regulations came into effect on 1 July 2017 to permit the use of insect ingredients in aquaculture feed. Approvals for poultry and pig feed are expected to follow.

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Regional and private funds invest €15m in French insect protein firm

Regional and private funds invest €15m in French insect protein firm | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
The round was led by Alter Equity with participation from Finovam Gestion, IRD Group’s Nord Création, and Siparex-managed fund Nord France.

We heard from Maye Walraven, marketing and business development at InnovaFeed, and one of the company’s co-founders, Guillaume Gras, about the capital raising and the firm's future strategy.

“This is our second round of investment. Our first round was in 2016, which enabled us to fund our first factory, located in Cambrai, in the north of France, and operational since October [with 1,000 ton per year capacity]. The €15m we secured in [the latest round] will go towards the construction of our second industrial site, which will have capacity of 10,000 tons per year. ​
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First insect-fed salmon launched

First insect-fed salmon launched | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
The non-sustainable fishmeal made from wild catch fish has been completely replaced during the growth phases in fresh and salt water until they are ready to eat. The fish grew well and the health was great throughout the growth stages. “This announcement is the result of relentless work alongside our partners,” said Protix CCO Tarique Arsiwalla. “We’re proud to have developed the quality insect ingredients required for a demanding and ‘picky’ fish species like the Atlantic salmon. We look forward to bringing this natural fish feed ingredient to our customers and partners.”
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Insect meal in aquafeed: claims questioned | The Fish Site

Insect meal in aquafeed: claims questioned | The Fish Site | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
Claims made in National Geographic that the aquaculture industry should aim for the total replacement of fishmeal and fish oil in fish feeds are “unjustified and damaging to the fish farming industry”, according to Andrew Mallison, director general of IFFO.

In an open letter responding to the article the marine ingredients chief made a staunch defence of the use of fishmeal and fish oil in aquafeeds as “valuable, responsibly sourced and highly effective ingredients”. Equally, he pointed to the limitations of using insect-based ingredients – not least the scale of the fledgling industry being so small.


Andrew Mallison, director general of IFFO
He wrote: “The article titled ‘Why Salmon Eating Insects Instead of Fish Is Better for Environment’, published on 5 February, discusses fishmeal and fish oil replacement in salmon feed by a Netherlands-based company but quotes information that is both out-of-date and incorrect.
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Rabobank: Novel aquaculture feeds will boost marketability of farmed seafood

Rabobank: Novel aquaculture feeds will boost marketability of farmed seafood | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
And insect meal is already in use on some fish farms; trout farmers in France have started using insect protein in the diets of their fish, in a move between local insect meal producer, InnovaFeed, and French retailing giant, Auchan.

Waste-to-nutrient up-cycler AgriProtein was in December 2017 named a top ten Virgin Media "business disruptor to watch" in the Fast Track 2017, while in June 2017 Netherlands-based Protix received €45 million ($50.4m) in investment from sustainable seafood investor Aqua-Spark, Rabobank, BOM and various private investors.
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Bulgarian insect producer has big ambitions

Bulgarian insect producer has big ambitions | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
The insect producer will represent Bulgaria at the international competition, which has a total prize pool of US $1m. It will have to compete against another 29 startups from around the world.

“The Chivas result triggered a nice wave for us to ride and we'll see where it lands us. ​

“The impact has been tremendous for us. We have received very positive feedback and local media coverage,” ​Marc Bolard, Nasekomo co-founder, told us.

Chivas Venture's final will be held on May 24 2018 in Amsterdam.

Nasekomo only got up and running 12 months ago. Production is based on the Black Soldier Fly (BSF).
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Global Insect Feed Market Size 2018 Entomo Farms, Entofood, Enterra

Global Insect Feed Market Size 2018 Entomo Farms, Entofood, Enterra | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
The report Global Insect Feed Market enlight crucial and discrete factors dominate the market growth forecast period from 2018 to 2022. The report conjecture is based on historic Insect Feed market data from 2012 to 2017 and ongoing market bearings. The Insect Feed report intent to deliver discerning information and well-defined facts boost the Insect Feed industry growth.

The report begins with the market overview, Insect Feed industry chain structure, former and current market size along with Insect Feed business opportunities in coming years, a rise in technological innovation, supply demand and shortage, various drivers and restraining factors pull the Insect Feed environment. Furthermore, Insect Feed report depicts production and consumption ratio of various topographical regions and dominant market players contribution to global Insect Feed market growth.
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Kibbutz Startup Turns Fly Larvae Into Protein-Rich Animal Feed

Kibbutz Startup Turns Fly Larvae Into Protein-Rich Animal Feed | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it

Larvae of the black soldier fly is a sustainable, accessible source of protein and fat, and producing it has a beneficial byproduct: the larvae feed on waste, turning it into compost
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Agriculture company BioBee Biological Systems Ltd. is processing fly larvae into nutritious feed for farmed fish, chicken, and pets. The larvae of the black soldier fly contain high values of protein and fat, making it an ideal substitute protein source, according to Shimon Steinberg, BioBee’s head of research and development.
 
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The larvae are easy to cultivate—the black soldier fly female lays 600-800 eggs at a time—and production has a beneficial side effect. The larvae feed on waste, processing it into natural compost.

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Black Soldier Fly Composter / Automatic Chicken Feeder – Garden Pool

Black Soldier Fly Composter / Automatic Chicken Feeder – Garden Pool | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
This composter can turn everyday food and garden waste in to a nutritious food source for chickens and rich compost. We simply place the food scraps in the barrel and the Black Soldier Fly (or BSF) larvae does the rest. The larvae converts the scraps in to rich organic compost. Once the Larvae are mature, they crawl up the rain gutter and fall in to the chicken feeder. The chickens love the BSF and they get a healthy dose of calcium and protein. Once the composter is full of compost, take the barrel out and dump it and mix it in your compost pile as it is ready to be used. This device reduces household waste and provides a free dietary supplement for your chickens. The BSF larvae that are not eaten eventually transform in to adult BSF, lay eggs, and you really don’t see them much at all. The pheromones produced from the BSF repel the common house flies. There is not much odor that is produced from this process, similar to a conventional compost pile but the process is much faster.
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Kibbutz Startup Turns Fly Larvae Into Protein-Rich Animal Feed

Kibbutz Startup Turns Fly Larvae Into Protein-Rich Animal Feed | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it

Kibbutz Startup Turns Fly Larvae Into Protein-Rich Animal Feed
Larvae of the black soldier fly is a sustainable, accessible source of protein and fat, and producing it has a beneficial byproduct: the larvae feed on waste, turning it into compost
Uzi Blumer17:4307.01.18
Agriculture company BioBee Biological Systems Ltd. is processing fly larvae into nutritious feed for farmed fish, chicken, and pets. The larvae of the black soldier fly contain high values of protein and fat, making it an ideal substitute protein source, according to Shimon Steinberg, BioBee’s head of research and development.
 
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The larvae are easy to cultivate—the black soldier fly female lays 600-800 eggs at a time—and production has a beneficial side effect.
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North America: Insect-focused coalition looks to expand feed use for bugs

North America: Insect-focused coalition looks to expand feed use for bugs | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
The North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture’s (NACIA) mission​​ seeks to improve collaboration for stakeholders and provide a distinct voice to those looking to grow the use of insects in feed and food.

Producers of insects for use in feed and food products may need help educating clients, consumers and potential producers about the industry, and that is what the new group is trying to address, said Robert Allen, chairman of the NACIA board of directors.

The group is in the process of incorporating and becoming an established educational non-profit.

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The 3 Largest Insect Farming Start-ups in the World

The 3 Largest Insect Farming Start-ups in the World | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
Representing over $120 Million invested. One farms mealworms, the other two farm Black Soldier Fly larvae.

There’s that Black Soldier Fly again. It is certainly making its mark on the feed market, and with all of the other possible applications via the oils and extracts and ice cream and other such things, it seems we are just beginning to tap into the benefits of bugs to people and planet.

And let me tell you, $120 million invested in just the top three insect start-ups barely scratches the surface of the total amount waiting to being spent world-wide on insect farming over the next decade.

There are a few obstacles to overcome, but we’ll get there.

The slug for the AgFunder News article says “Slow start despite demand”…there’s that big “D” again.

So we have a large demand for these insects, but a lack of supply…
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Insect meal in aquafeed: claims questioned | The Fish Site

Insect meal in aquafeed: claims questioned | The Fish Site | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
Claims made in National Geographic that the aquaculture industry should aim for the total replacement of fishmeal and fish oil in fish feeds are “unjustified and damaging to the fish farming industry”, according to Andrew Mallison, director general of IFFO.

In an open letter responding to the article the marine ingredients chief made a staunch defence of the use of fishmeal and fish oil in aquafeeds as “valuable, responsibly sourced and highly effective ingredients”. Equally, he pointed to the limitations of using insect-based ingredients – not least the scale of the fledgling industry being so small.
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Door opening in the EU for insect protein for poultry

Door opening in the EU for insect protein for poultry | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
Hopes are rising that the European Commission will next year give the green light for insect proteins to be used in poultry feed.
The growing optimism follows comments by EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, who told a recent conference that the Commission was looking to authorise the use of insect proteins in feed for poultry – and possibly pigs – next year.

New proteins needed

Speaking at the first international conference on insects for feed and food, he said he believed new proteins were needed, but regulation and technical matters had to be sorted first before this resource could be tapped.
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French insect meal startup inks $18.5m financing round; plans commercial-scale plant

French insect meal startup inks $18.5m financing round; plans commercial-scale plant | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
The funds are coming from a group of investors that include impact finance firms, seed capital funds and entrepreneurs. The investors are AlterEquity3P, Finovam Gestion, Nord Création (Group IRD), Nord France Amorçage, and several entrepreneurs, InnovaFeed said.

InnovaFeed uses food waste to feed the flies, which produce a protein product suitable for fish consumption. The company is currently operating a facility capable of producing 1,000 metric tons of product per year but the investment will enable it to move to a facility capable of making ten times as much, the company said. 
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Waste Not, Want Not

Waste Not, Want Not | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it

Indonesia faces a massive waste management problem, with nearly 60 percent of all garbage produced being organic in nature. In addition, the archipelago is the world's second-largest food waster after Saudi Arabia, throwing away nearly 300 kilograms of food per person each year, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit..

However, a local startup has found a sustainable solution to the problem by using biotechnology to turn this garbage into valuable commodities.

Following observations and research on black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens), Biomagg founder and chief executive Aminudi, 27, discovered that their larvae can break down food waste faster and turn it into compost, while producing fewer odors. In addition, the larvae are a good source of protein for use in animal feed.

Biomagg, established in 2015, opted for the black soldier flies because they do not spread disease and have a short life cycle.

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How dog lover Ross was bitten by the business bug for new venture - Daily Record

How dog lover Ross was bitten by the business bug for new venture - Daily Record | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
ROSS LAMOND was all set for a career in law after studying for a degree at the University of Glasgow.

But the 23-year-old dog lover from Fife became a young entrepreneur instead when he launched the first dog treat in the UK to use insects as a sustainable protein source.


Here, Ross tells us about his working day as founder and owner of Bug Bakes, which launched in August 2016.

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Farmed Salmon Can Eat Insect Feed Instead of Controversial Fish Meal

Farmed Salmon Can Eat Insect Feed Instead of Controversial Fish Meal | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
By Heather Brady
PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 5, 2018
Researchers in the Netherlands have come up with a new, more sustainable way to feed salmon that are grown in aquaculture environments: insects.

Most of the salmon that consumers eat is raised in pens, where they are fed a specific diet that helps them grow. In the past, much of that diet has been based on fish meal, a protein and nutrient-rich mixture made from fish that were caught expressly for the purpose of feeding them to other fish.

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FIS - Worldnews - Pilot plant installed to produce soldier fly for aquaculture feed

FIS - Worldnews - Pilot plant installed to produce soldier fly for aquaculture feed | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
In the search for new sources of protein for food for aquaculture, at the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ) Amazcala campus, a pilot plant has been installed for the production of black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens), a species considered as an alternative for feeding aquaculture for its nutritional properties.

The plant - located in the Bioengineering Laboratory of that institution - was developed in agreement with the Mexican-Dutch company Proento, reports the informative agency CONACYT .

"In nature it is common for fish to eat aquatic insects. However, within the university there were students interested in working with other species such as bush crickets (Tettigoniidae) or grasshopper (order Orthoptera), to obtain meal sources. We found some studies in Colombia and others in Europe where they are using the soldier fly alone. Its larva is very large, it has properties such as fatty acids and a good amount of protein”, explains the project manager, Juan Fernando García Trejo.
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Farmed insects can produce antimicrobial peptides

Farmed insects can produce antimicrobial peptides | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
A recent study by Vogel et al. (2018) showed that BSFL can produce a broad spectrum of antimicrobial peptides in a substrate-specific manner.
Black soldier fly (BSF) is an economically important farmed insect and its protein has been used in animal feed for a considerable time. Simultaneously, its frugality makes black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) also an important converter of organic wastes, such as manure. Rearing on organic wastes could, however, result in an infection of BSFL by potential pathogens, which is, naturally, a major concern for the animal feed sector.

Experimental set-up

In the study by Vogel et al, the researchers reared 10 g of BSFL on 10 g of different substrates for 72 hours. One substrate was a control substrate consisting of laying hen fodder and the second substrate was a test substrate consisting of 5 g laying hen fodder supplemented by 5 g of either sulfonated lignin, cellulose powder, chitin, brewer’s grains, or sunflower oil, and 3) a bacteria-enriched substrate consisting of 10 g laying hen fodder mixed with 1.25 g of either Bacillus subtilis, Micrococcus luteus, Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3), or Pseudomonas fluorescens BL915. Subsequently, RNA of BSFL was extracted and analysed for the expression of defence response-associated genes.
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Breakthrough for US aquafeed industry

Breakthrough for US aquafeed industry | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
the approval of this alternative taurine will reduce the amount of animal protein needed in feed formulations and increase the amount of proteins available from other sources – including plants, insects and bacteria.

“It provides another tool for the nutritionists to formulate a balanced diet for the fish,” Barrows said.

He added that synthetic taurine was in fact previously used in the US, before the FDA decided to remove its approval from fish food. “It's not a logic thing. We couldn't use algae in fish feeds but we can use it in baby formula,” Barrows said.

Synthetic taurine is chemically identical to naturally occurring taurine, and the version used for Johnson’s study was sourced from the company NuSci Institute & Corp, based in Walnut, California. When contacted about the material used in the taurine, they said the information is not available for the public. However, according to Rick Barrows, manufactured taurine tends to be a mixture of plant, insect and bacteria taurine.
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Agroloop | Climate-KIC

Agroloop | Climate-KIC | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it

Insect derived nutrients
Agroloop utilizes the Black Soldier Fly larvae’s ability to transform organic waste into a sustainable nutrient source. This highly efficient natural process has been beneficial for organic farmers on small scale. Our mission is to integrate mini-livestock in the Central European agroeconomy.

Insect farming has been deployed globally, across a range of technological maturities. Agroloop aims to be a pioneer in implementing the newest innovations in order to create a sustainable future for organic and livestock farming.

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Further recognition for MagMeal firm

Further recognition for MagMeal firm | Protein Alternatives: Insects as Mini-Livestock - #InsectMeal | Scoop.it
The company has fly farm projects under development in several countries to produce its flagship product MagMeal for the $100 billion aquafeed market and ultimately for poultry, pigs and petfood. EU regulations have permitted the use of insect-based nutrients in aquafeed since 1 July 2017, while other geographies already permit their wider use in agriculture and pet-food.

Using a factory roll-out model developed with global engineering firm Christof Industries, AgriProtein is able to deliver fly farms on a turnkey basis anywhere in the world at the rate of up to 25 factories per year. 

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