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Title: High Through-put Aspirator and Bioassay System for the Evaluation of Residual Pesticides Applied to Natural and Artificial Substrates

item Aldridge, Robert
item Allan, Sandra - Sandy
item Gibson, Seth
item Geden, Christopher - Chris
item Hogsette, Jerome - Jerry
item Linthicum, Kenneth - Ken
item WALKER, TODD - Department Of Defense
item WYNN, WILLARD - Retired ARS Employee

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2013
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 test residual insecticides efficiently and rapidly it is necessary for a method of evaluation to consist of streamlined procedures and equipment specifically intended to gently handle test organisms. We have developed a high through-put testing system built around the utilization of an aspirator (Wynn gun) that is constructed of readily obtainable materials and can be modified to handle 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 testing system and equipment should be given priority since it will greatly reduce the time spent in testing.