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Research Project: Biologically-based Technologies for Management of Crop Insect Pests in Local and Areawide Programs

Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research

Title: High through-put aspirator and bioassay system for the evaluation of residual pesticides applied to nat. and artificial substrates

Author
item Aldridge, Robert
item Allan, Sandra - Sandy
item Britch, Seth
item Geden, Christopher - Chris
item Hogsette, Jerome - Jerry
item Linthicum, Kenneth - Ken
item Walker, Todd - Department Of Navy
item Wynn, Willard

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/16/2014
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The advancement and testing of residual insecticides on insects is an ongoing mission because of continuous changes in insecticide tolerance. To assay residual insecticides efficiently and rapidly it is necessary for a bioassay to consists of streamlined procedures and equipment specifically intended to gently handle test organisms. We have developed a high through-put bioassay system built around the utilization of an aspirator (Wynn gun) that is constructed of readily obtainable materials and can be modified for a range of insects. Our system has saved countless man-hours due to swifter preparation,implementation, and lower control mortality by comparison with systems where forceps are used for insect transfer. In order to quickly put into service new insecticides and their application techniques, the implementation of this high through-put bioassay system and equipment should be given priority since it will greatly reduce the time spent in bioassay testing