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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SYSTEMATICS OF HEMIPTERA AND RELATED GROUPS: PLANT PESTS, PREDATORS, AND DISEASE VECTORS

Location: Systematic Entomology

Title: National Plant Diagnostic Network, Taxonomic training videos: Aphids under the microscope - overview

Author
item MILLER, GARY

Submitted to: World Wide Web
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: June 18, 2014
Publication Date: June 18, 2014
Citation: Miller, G.L. 2014. National Plant Diagnostic Network, Taxonomic training videos: Aphids under the microscope - overview. World Wide Web. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD4NqHQ_UT4.

Interpretive Summary: Aphids are pests that feed on many of the world’s agriculturally important crops, trees, and ornamental plants and cause millions of dollars of damage annually. In addition to direct feeding damage, aphids are one of the most important insects in the role of transmission of plant diseases. Identification of these insect pests are paramount in both regulatory or biological control programs. This training video provides provides an overview of general aphid morphology by using a high-powered microscope. The narrator discusses and highlights structures on the aphid that are important to make a species identification. This video will be of special interest to regulatory personnel at both the federal and state levels, academic teaching institutions, and insect taxonomists.

Technical Abstract: Training is a critical part of aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) identification. This training video provides provides an overview of general aphid morphology by using a compound microscope. The narrator discusses and highlights structures on the aphid that are important to make a species identification. The video demonstrates the use of different training modules that allow the user to gain familiarity with aphid morphology, terminology, and general use of the electronic key. This distance learning video is in support of the Enhanced Pest Identification and Technology effort (Farm Bill—H.R. 6124) and will be of special interest to regulatory personnel at both the federal and state levels, academic teaching institutions, and insect taxonomists.

Last Modified: 9/10/2014
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