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Dr

Kristy Digiacomo

Research Fellow In Production Animals
Black Soldier Flies
life sciences & biomedicine
science & technology
agriculture
agriculture, dairy & animal science
heat stress
sheep
temperature
fermentation
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Dr

Kristy Digiacomo

 
Division
Veterinary And Agricultural Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Insect Protein As An Animal Feed Source
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Dr

Kristy Digiacomo

 

Dr Kristy DiGiacomo graduated with a Bachelor of Animal Science and Management (honours) from The University of Melbourne. Kristy then received her PhD from The University of Melbourne examining the physiological and metabolic responses to heat and dietary betaine in ruminants under the guidance of Prof Frank Dunshea and Prof Brian Leury.

Kristy is a senior lecturer in production animal nutrition and physiology at The University of Melbourne and is a Veski sustainable agriculture fellow. Dr DiGiacomo’s current research involves a variety of production animal species including sheep, dairy cattle, dairy goats and pigs. Her research focuses on livestock nutrition, physiology and adaptation to the external environment. Dr DiGiacomo’s research examines the role of nutrition and nutritional supplements in managing and manipulating animal growth and production under various physiological and environmental conditions such as lactation and heat stress. The focus of this research is to understand the impact of nutrition on metabolism and nutrient partitioning in order to manage animals for improved productivity and environmental sustainability. As a Veski sustainable research fellow, Kristy is researching the sustainable production of animal feed via the bioconversion of food and feed wastes into edible insects. In this research, black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) are reared on waste sourced from food and feed production (such as supermarkets), before being processed and utilized as a protein and fat rich animal feed source. Kristy is researching the production of BSFL from various feed sources and investigating the growth, health and meat quality of production animals fed diets incorporating BSFL.Kristy is a passionate advocate for female leadership in STEMM and is a member of the homeward bound (HB5) leadership program.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 21 most recent scholarly works by Kristy Digiacomo.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2019

Dairy Australia Travel Scholarship

2014

Dairy Futures CRC Travel Scholarship

2010

Alton Gould Edmonds and Lindsay and Alice Gamble Scholarship

2009

Postgraduate Overseas Research Experience Scholarship

The University of Melbourne

2009

Richard WS Nicholas Agricultural Science Scholarship

2007

Melbourne Research Scholarship

The University of Melbourne

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Research Fellow In Production Animals

Agriculture And Food

Treasurer

Australian Association of Ruminant Nutrition

Member

Australasian Pig Science Association

Member

American Dairy Science Association

Education


Graduate Certificate in University Teaching

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Animal Science Management (Honours)

University of Melbourne