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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Current Insects 

Insect Genetics and

Biochemistry Research Unit 



Colorado potato beetle

Corn rootworm

Fruit Flies -    Tephritids

Glassy-winged sharpshooter

Leaf Hopper parasitoids

Pollinator bees   Whiteflies

Whitefly parasitoids

Red RiverValley Agricultural ResearchCenter Biosciences Research Laboratory



1605 Albrecht Blvd N

Fargo, ND  58102-2765





VISION:  Develop environmentally safe and organism specific methods of pest insect and weed control.




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Frozen Fly Eggs Help Against Screwworm
Dr. Roger A. Leopold

 Wasps Chemical Cue
Dr. James S. Buckner
  Extreme Survival - Insect Style!Dr. George D. Yocum  

VIDEO:   Mexican Fruit Fly Cryopreservation Protocol

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.wmv   9.2MB

Areas of Research:

Artificial diet effect  on reproduction

Diapause - Cold storage

DNA markers

Feeding mechanisms

Germplasm cryopreservation

Role of leaf morphology in feeding/     oviposition

MISSION STATEMENT:  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.

Last Modified: 8/12/2016
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