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1 Insect Rearing Education at Mississippi State University: Past, Present and Future John C. Schneider and Frank M. Davis Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology

2 Dr. Frank M. Davis MSU Adjunct Professor of Entomology (Emeritus) USDA/ARS Research Entomologist (Retired) 4 October 2011

3 Total of 317 students from 26 countries, including 38 states within the USA 2011 MSU-IRC Workshop Five favorable reviews; 352 copies sold/distributed by 31 October 2011 Insect Rearing Education at Mississippi State University Is Worth Your Attention Italy Switz. Neth. Costa Rica Brazil Canada Frank Davis Louella Castrillo Muhammad Chaudhury Norm Leppla John Schneider Mike Caprio Tom Riddell Instructors not shown: Bill Fisher and John Reinecke

4 Organization of Presentation Past/Present: History of MSU Insect Rearing Center (MSU-IRC) Insect Rearing Workshop Insect Rearing Book Graduate Student Education Pritam Singh Library Future: MSU Course in Insect Rearing Insect Pathology Faculty Position General Insect Rearing Workshop Specialized Insect Rearing Workshops

5 History of MSU Insect Rearing Center (IRC) (www.irc.entomology.msstate.edu)

6 MSU IRC Basement, Lyle Entomology Building [315 m 2 (3,400 ft 2 )] [22.6 m (74 ft)] [15.2 m (50 ft)] Diet Prep Work Room (in vitro) Work Room (in vivo) Rearing Rooms (DDC) Cold Room Autoclave Clean Air Hood (picture) AH Reach-in, Environment- Controlled Cabinets Freezers Stor.Office Nook

7 MSU-IRC: Time Line Visiting Scholar ArrivesPhD Diss. Defended Book PublishedPhD Student Begins Book Begun Constr. Rearing Annex MSU Rearing Committee Formed CBB Workshop Wkshop: I, II WS: XIV WS: XWS: XIWS: XIIWS: XIII WS: VIWS: VIIWS: VIIIWS: IX WS: IIIWS: IVWS: V Construct Basement FacilityUpgrade HVAC Adiabatic Humidifiers Install DDC System Singh Library Donated

8 MSU-IRC Workshop: Principles and Procedures for Rearing High Quality Insects John ReineckeLouella Castrillo Bill FisherFrank DavisNorm Leppla Bill FisherJohn SchneiderMike Caprio Muhammad Chaudhury

9 Large Pool of Unmet Need for Insect Rearing Education Why is the MSU Insect Rearing Workshop a Success? Focus on networking Red carpet treatment at a reasonable cost High Level of Satisfaction of Attendees

10 MSU EPP Insect Rearing Book Principles and Procedures for Rearing High Quality Insects

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12 Self-publishing a Textbook Advantages: Disadvantages: Control of pricing retained Greater percentage monetary return High demand on editor/coordinators time Start to finish requires a long time Control of in print decision

13 Graduate Education in Insect Rearing Sarah Self, Ph. D. (almost)

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16 Supporting a Ph.D. Student in Insect Rearing (It wasnt easy.) Grad Teach. Asst. (MSU CALS): 1 VII VI 09 Grad Res. Asst. (MSU EPP-IRC): 1 VI VI 08 Grad Res./Teach. Asst. (MSU EPP-IRC): 1 VII VIII 10 Grad Res. Asst. (MSU BCH-EPP/MAFES): 1 IX VII 11 Mississippi Cotton Incorporated State Support grant proposal: Denied MSU Strategic Research Initiative grant proposal: Denied Southern Region IPM Center grant proposal: Denied Mississippi Cotton Incorporated State Support grant proposal: Denied National Cotton Inc. (Pat OLeary) equip. grant: Funded

17 Dr. Pritam Singh Insect Rearing Library Dedication: October 2006

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19 MSU Undergrad/Grad Course on Insect Rearing Resident and online? Principles and Procedures for Rearing … used as text! Future of Insect Rearing Education at the MSU Insect Rearing Center Insect Pathology/Rearing Faculty Position Position endowed by industry contributions? Next generation of leadership for the MSU-IRC? Specialty workshop: Microbial Control in Insect Rearing? Specialty Workshop: Black Soldier Fly Mass Rearing?

20 Alfredo Llecha, Santiago de Compostela, Spain MSU Visiting Scholar 2010 MSU Insect Rearing Workshop student June 2011-May 2012 MSU Visiting Scholar

21 Black Soldier Fly [Hermetia illuscens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae)] Prepupae

22 1.7 kg/0.045 m 3 /18 d = 1 m-ton/4.8x10 2 m 3 /d (3.75 lb/1.6 ft 3 /18 d = 1 ton/1.5x10 3 ft 3 /d) 1.7 kg/0.045 m 3 /18 d = 1 m-ton/4.8x10 2 m 3 /d (3.75 lb/1.6 ft 3 /18 d = 1 ton/1.5x10 3 ft 3 /d)

23 Conclusions The keys to success in insect rearing education include: (1) teamwork (2) enthusiastic/optimistic attitude The pool of persons willing to pay $1,050 for the 5-day MSU Insect Rearing Workshop is not close to being exhausted. The initial printing of 1,000 copies of the book Principles and Procedures for Rearing High Quality Insects should last (at least) until a revision is needed. Funding a graduate student in insect rearing can be difficult.


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