Location: Biological Control of Insects Research2013 Annual Report
1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
Provide a faculty-mentored research experience for undergraduates on a research-intensive public university campus. Expose students to a wide variety of scientific research fields, with an emphasis on life science related research.
1b. Approach (from AD-416):
Work in cooperation with the University of Missouri Office of Undergraduate Research. Allow student from Lincoln University to work full-time as a summer intern on a faculty-mentored research project for eight weeks, participate in independent research projects, as well as educational and community-building activities.
3. Progress Report:
The objective is to support an undergraduate student from Lincoln University, an 1890’s university, as a summer undergraduate research intern at the University of Missouri, a neighboring land grant university. Prior research had developed a leaf consumption bioassay to quantitate the damage to cabbage plants caused by the cabbage looper. Initial studies incorporated the bioassay to measure the effectiveness of beneficial agents and baculoviruses. These studies will support evaluation of selected strains of a predatory insect and baculoviruses which relates to the parent project objective 3 “In partnership with small and urban vegetable growers, develop novel beneficial insect and baculovirus delivery systems for application, using such strategies as chemical attractants, artificial diets, and release mechanisms.”