Course detail

LET5813 - Insect Biology

Credit hours

In-class work
per week
per week
15 weeks
180 hours

Fernando Luis Consoli
José Roberto Postali Parra

Rearing techniques and insect nutrition for biological control purposes and other methods for IPM implementation. Importance of rearing techniques. Rearing techniques considering biotic and abiotic factors affecting insect development. Artificial diets for the most important Agriculture pests. Biological Control programs (classical and applied or augmentative) including natural enemies reared "in vitro" and "in vivo".

Insect metamorphosis. Rearing techniques and steps of insect biological study in laboratory. Abiotic factors and insect biology (temperature, RH, protoperiod). Sex dimorphism in insects. Insect Diapause. Principles of Insect Nutrition and insect feeding: historic and terminology used for artificial diets. Insect nutritional requirements and artificial diets for different Insect orders. Criteria for artificial diet evaluation: morphological, biometric, nutritional and life table. Insect Digestion. Facilities for insect rearing. Insect mass production. Entomopathogens and insect rearing: microbial management. Quality Control of insects reared in laboratory. Rearing techniques in vivo and in vitro for natural enemies. Rearing techniques for different purposes (biological control, toxicology, ecology, biochemestry, molecular biology, physiology, pathology, etc). Soil Insects.

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