Submitted to: Brazilian National Congress of Entomology
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: September 2, 2004
Publication Date: October 1, 2004
Citation: Coudron, T.A. 2004. Artificial diets for predatory insects: past foundations and future prospects [abstract]. Brazilian National Congress of Entomology. p. 153. Technical Abstract: Life history parameters are a valuable measure of phenotypic differences in insect populations, although this method can be time consuming and is not always sensitive to minute changes in nutrition. New technologies that enable scientists to measure alterations in global gene expression patterns among living organisms (i.e. genomics) hold promise of providing rapid and sensitive methods of detecting genotypic differences resulting from nutritional changes and thereby providing a means by which the underlying biochemistry important to adequate nutrition can be ascertained. The immediate challenge will be to translate the new technologies into viable biomarkers, useful to researchers and the beneficial insectary industry, in assessing the nutritional needs and fitness of natural enemies.