Dr. Itai Opatovsky

Dr. Itai Opatovsky
ד"ר אפטובסקי איתי
Accordion Title Areas of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Insects for food and feed
  • Insect nutrition
  • Fatty acid metabolism
  • Insect-fungi interactions
Accordion Title Research


The field of insect mass rearing as food and feed is developing rapidly and can improve dramatically utilizing the innovative capabilities of Israel. Mass rearing of insects relies greatly on nutritional composition of their diet. Understanding these nutritional requirements and their effect on insect physiology holds the promise to ripen into applied, efficient and sustainable solutions meeting the market demands.  

In addition, most insects rely on symbiotic microorganisms to provide them with vital nutrients. Therefore, understanding (and possibly, boosting) these basic metabolic interactions is an essential stage for metabolic composition manipulation of the insects, therefore influencing their quality as food source.

Accordion Title Teaching


Introduction to entomology, from cell to organism (biotechnology), introduction to entomology and rearing insects, invertebrate zoology, seminar I and II (animal science)

Accordion Title Dr. Itai Opatovsky CV

Dr. Itai Opatovsky CV

Document name: Dr. Itai Opatovsky CV