SYSTEMATIC RESEARCH SUPPORT FOR ECONOMICALLY IMPORTANT INSECTS
2013 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this cooperative research project is to train and develop students and research associates in the systematics of economically and/or agriculturally important insects, especially beetles. The Cooperator has expertise we do not have in the systematics of aquatic insects, especially beetles.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
ARS will help design research projects in systematics, aid in the recruitment of students, serve as advisors, and provide specimens for systematic study. The Cooperator will recruit students and/or research associates to conduct systematic research, train students in the methodology and techniques of systematic research, and conduct short-term research to solve emerging issues usually associated with invasive species.
The agreement supports the training of students in the classification and identification of insects of importance to agriculture and quarantine. The results are on the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque website. An undergraduate student was hired to work on a research project on a group of species in the burrowing water beetle family that are primarily carnivorous feeders. A post-doc student is doing research on a predaceous diving beetle phylogenetic project. Predaceous diving beetles are important in the food chain. Some diving beetles are eaten by humans in Mexico, China, Thailand, and New Guinea, but they are also eaten by birds, mammals and other large predators. Graduate students also conducted research on woodboring beetle groups and a Lucid tool for their identification.