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Exploring the food and nutritional potential of three edibles amazonian arthropods

  • Giron, Richard Jesús Cedeño; Hidalgo, Glida Gisela; Garcia, Jesús Eribert Bravo; Pino Hernández, Enrique; Villa, Pedro Manuel
  • Etnobiología, 15(1), 26-31, 2017

Publisher: Asociación Etnobiológica Mexicana A.C. (AEM) y la Sociedad Latinoamericana de Etnobiología (SOLAE)


Ensuring food supply and availability, and consequently food safety, on a global scale represents one of the most important challenges of this century. The exploitation of local resources such as invertebrates has been extremely relevant to contribute to food security. However, most research has focused on evaluating the nutritional potential of insects, with very few studies approaching other invertebrate groups. Three types of edible arthropods, the palm weevil larva (Rhynchophorus palmarum), the leaf-cutter ant (Atta laevigata), and the Goliath bird-eating spider (Theraphosa blondi) were st ...

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