|Category of edible insect resource use||Research questions||Research priorities|
How have people traditionally placed limits on the harvest of edible insects?|
What is the impact of traditional harvesting practices on annual population numbers?
Ethnographic studies of insect harvesting practices.|
Comparative studies on the ecology of tended vs. non-tended insect populations.
Do provisioned insects have greater reproductive success than non-provisioned insects?|
Do provisioned insects differ in nutritional composition compared to non-provisioned insects?
Comparative studies of the ecology and genetics of provisioned vs. non-provisioned populations.|
Analysis of the nutrient composition of provisioned and non-provisioned insects.
Do kept insects show behavioural patterns not found in wild populations?|
Are wild insect populations depleted in areas that practice insect keeping?
Behavioural and genetic studies of wild and kept insects.|
Population density surveys of insects in areas with a tradition of insect keeping.
Are there human communities where these practices involve insects as food?|
If so, has it altered the species’ ecology and/or genetics, and/or human ranging practices?
Studies of edible insects that are relocated over multiple generations by human communities in order to be harvested as food.|
Studies of genetic diversity of insect species that have been relocated over multiple generations by human communities.
Are inbreeding effects detectable in commercially raised insects?|
How can farmers limit the threat of species-specific disease?
Studies of genetic diversity in commercially raised insects.|
Studies of disease immunity in insect species bred for food and feed.