15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module provides students with practical experience of a range of husbandry techniques that cover the major laboratory-rearing protocols for insects. This will include standard laboratory models (Drosophila, Periplaneta and Tenebrio) as well as a model haematophagous insect (Cimex), and a range of herbivorous insects (e.g. Heliconius, aphids). The module will deal with issues such as nutrient, thermal and humidity regimes, monitoring, assessing and dealing with pathogens, and sourcing and preparing food. The module will be linked with practical tutorials aimed at delivering training and problem-solving. The emphasis will be on establishing, and maintaining insect cultures that produce samples of consistent high quality suitable for data collection.

Staff Contact: M. Siva-Jothy
Teaching Methods: Tutorials, Laboratory work, Independent Study,
Assessment: Practical

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