Location: Corn Host Plant Resistance ResearchTitle: Insect rearing production at USDA-ARS Crop Science Research Laboratory, Mississippi State
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/30/2022
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) insect rearing facility at the Crop Science Research Laboratory at Mississippi State was established over forty years ago. The rearing program has evolved throughout the years from the use of manual techniques to semi-automated equipment for preparation and dispensing of artificial diet as well as larval infestation for laboratory colonies. The facility currently rears fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) and southwestern corn borer (Diatraea grandiosella) to support maize (corn) host plant resistance research. Additionally, tobacco budworm (Heliothis virescens) is also reared to support cotton genetics research. The facility layout was designed in such a way to minimize contamination. Rearing techniques, equipment and standard operation procedures have continuously been improved to ensure high quality insects are produced. Recent implementation included consideration of ergonomic improvement and utilization of control charts as part of quality control measures.