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Barbecho, Normandy M.
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Vicarious collection may prove useful in studies concerning scale insects (Hemiptera: Coccomorpha), such as their taxonomy, host-plant parasite interaction, and integrated pest management. With the exception of armored scale insects (Coccomorpha: Diaspididae) occurring in outbreak levels, in general, they are difficult to detect owing to their cryptic habit as sessile plant parasites and are usually found in small numbers when they occur. The biological and ecological aspects of armored scale insects in general, and of members belonging to the tribe Odonaspidini in particular, make them particularly amenable to vicarious collection. This project will allow us to undertake a comprehensive taxonomic study of Odonaspidini (Study 1) in the country and a survey of the range of its hosts, and will provide us baseline information for investigating insect-plant host interaction and co-evolution, among other things. These objectives are expanded in Study 2 in which the higher taxa (Coccomorpha) are included in the collection and analyses.
Fulltitle:
Taxon-Based Vicarious Collection of Insects from Herbarium Specimens
College:
College of Agriculture and Food Science
Dept:
National Crop Protection Center
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Core
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Category:
Research Implementation
Researchtype:
Basic Research
Keywords:
Biodiversity and Conservation; Crop Protection
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