Additional Items of Interest
Insect Rearing Professionals Discussion Group
During the 2011 MSU Insect Rearing Workshop, the idea was born to create an internet discussion group in order to communicate and exchange information on insect rearing. The Insect Rearing Professionals Discussion Group is now a reality. This group is open to anyone anywhere in the world working in insect rearing, and any topics in the field of rearing insects may be discussed. For registration instructions, go to https://groups.google.com/d/forum/insect-rearing. Please include in your membership request a short introduction of yourself-at least your name, job title, and institution/company-to be posted to the group after your request is accepted. The group is managed by Léon Westerd, Head of Insect Rearing, Entomology Laboratory, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands. For any questions you can contact him at email@example.com.
Rearing codling moth for the insect sterile insect technique (Information)
This book published 2010 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in the Plant Production and Protection Paper series compiles and summarizes available information on the rearing of the codling moth in relation to the SIT. The book was authored by Dr V.A. Dyck, a former staff member of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria.
John Schneider book editor
Sarah Self, the first graduate student sponsored by the MSU Insect Rearing Center, is nearing completion of her Ph.D. degree work under the supervision of Dr. John Schneider. Her area of research concerns the tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris (Hemiptera: Miridae), and how its biology and behavior, specifically circadian rhythms, can be utilized to improve rearing and pest management techniques.
Insect/Mite/Nematode Producer Data Base (Information)
Peter Ebling, a workshop attendee, and his staff at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Ontario, Canada, have established a database to provide a comprehensive world-wide listing of producers who sell or donate live insects. We support their effort and highly encourage insect rearers around the world to participate in the database. To view the database or to submit information for inclusion in the database, CTRL/mouse click on the following link: GLFC Insect Producer Data Base.
12th Workshop of the Arthropod Mass Rearing and Quality Control Working Groups of the IOBC: Blueprint for the future of arthropod rearing and quality assurance
Held 19-22 October 2010 in Vienna, Austria, this workshop had 96 registered participants, including two MSU Insect Reaing Workshop instructors (M. Chaudhury and N. Leppla) as well as 10 former students (J. Adamczyk, K. Bolckmans, C. L. Chang, P. Couwels, P. Ebling, C. Ghann, K. Jans, E. Papadoyianis, R. Timmer, and J White). A total of 42 oral presentations were organized into seven symposia: Microbiota, Entomopathogenic Nematodes, Irradiation Technology, New Technology, New Applications I, New Applications II, and Predatory Mites. In addition, 24 posters were presented. For additional information including abstracts, please follow the link: Vienna Arthropod Rearing Workshop.
The book "Principles and Procedures for Rearing High Quality Insects" (chapters authored by workshop lecturers) was published December 2009 by the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. This book is the first on insect rearing published by a university. It is a "dream come true" for the workshop lecturers. Reviews and additional information concerning the book and ordering information are available
Symposium on Rearing Insect Natural Enemies: Beijing, China
July 2009, Dr. Frank Davis, accompanied by his wife Carole, traveled to Beijing, China, at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Frank presented a 2.5 h lecture entitled "Key technologies for rearing high quality insects" at the symposium "The System Engineering for Rearing Insect Natural Enemies."
ICE XXIII Presentation
Dr. Frank Davis gave two invited presentations in the symposium "Education and Training for Insect Rearers" at the 23rd International Congress of Entomology (ICE XXXIII) held July 2008 in Durban, South Africa. His presentations stressed the educational and training needs of insect rearers and the opportunities provided to fulfill these needs through the MSU Insect Rearing Workshop. What makes the talks unique is that Dr. Davis made them via satellite communications link between Mississippi State University and Durban. The use of this technology was a first for the ICE, and it is our understanding that this technology will most likely be used in future ICE's.
New York Times Article
In 2007, we were fortunate to have Guy Gugliotta, free lance journalist, attend the workshop. On January 8, 2008, a half page article appeared in the New York Times (Science Section) entitled, "To Raise Armyworms and Corn Borers, Study Insect Husbandry". It focused on the workshop and on the career of Dr. Frank M. Davis, MSU Emeritus Adjunct Professor/Workshop Coordinator, including his development of technology for rearing the southwestern corn borer, the fall armyworm, and other noctuid lepidoptera. To view the article, CTRL/mouse click on the following link: New York Times Gugliotta article.