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The Fargo Insects Unit leads the world in developing cryopreservation technologies for economically important insects.
Using cutting edge molecular techniques, genomics, and even physical computing, our research team develops novel ways to Save the Bees.
Our research targets many bee species, such as the solitary, cavity nesting alfalfa leafcutting bee.
Pollinator quality is assessed in the lab and in the field. Large flight cages ensure our scientists can concentrate their efforts on previously treated bees.
The Mission of the Insect Genetics and Biochemistry Research Unit is to investigate fundamental problems related to crop protection and production, and to improve the effectiveness of insects used in Integrated Pest Management Programs for control of pest insects and weeds. Primary research projects include: 1) develop cold storage methods for beneficial insects and insects used in sterile release programs and cryopreservation methods for preservation of germplasm; 2) develop markers to measure the effects of photoperiods, temperature, and host quality on reproduction and diapause; 3) identifying molecular markers useful for distinguishing closely related species and populations of pest and beneficial insects; 4) examine role of Wolbachia bacteria in creating genetically distinct insect populations; 5) characterizing surface and internal lipids and their function for pest and beneficial insects, and the effect of lipids on interactions of natural enemies with their hosts; 6) characterizing feeding mechanisms and interactions with host plants for homopteran pest insects to determine resistant characteristics in plants.