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Mr Patrick Grootaert

Head of the Entomology Department

Patrick Grootaert is the head of the entomology department of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. His specialisation concerns the study of Diptera (flies and mosquitoes) and his experience includes several expeditions in the south-east Asia together with international teams of entomologists and lately he also reached Congo to identify insects in different habitats along the Congo River. He got acquainted with edible insects first in Southeast Asia and now in D. R. of the Congo. Since three years he runs a project on edible caterpillars of the moth family Saturniidae in the region of Kisangani. It is the aim to develop a sustainable collecting and possible farming of these caterpillars that form an important food source in Central Africa.