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Intro to Entomology; WEEK 3 Notes

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Intro to Entomology; WEEK 3 Notes ENTO 2010

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Insects & the Environment
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Intro to Entomology [ENTO 2010] Spring 2016  Thalidomide   Thalidomide was given to pregnant women to combat morning sickness.  In 1962, Thalidomide was shown to cause birth defects.  The placenta does not protect the fetus from chemicals.  Now, Thalidomide is being used to treat leprosy.  Capton is a probable carcinogenic.  It is applied to Florida strawberries.  Canada has set lower tolerance levels.  IPM: Integrated Pest Management  Know the Pest  Judiciously use pesticides  Host plant resistance  Biological control  Know the Pest  Know the life cycle of the insect.  Know how it reproduces.  Determine when the pest has become an actual problem.  Know which stage of the insect is most susceptible.  Attack the pest when it is most vulnerable.  Judicious Use of Pesticides  Apply pesticides when pest is present and vulnerable.  Use of the “scouts” or pheromone traps to monitor the pest.  Monitor environmental conditions.  Use ultra low volume sprayers.  Host Plant Resistance  Breeding programs  Introduction of resistance by crossing with “new” varieties  Chemical: chemical makeup in plants that harms insects.  Physical: physical components of the plant that insects don’t like  Glossy texture of leaf/plant that insects can’t grip.   Thorns   Introduction of resistance by recombinant DNA technology.  Leaves of “Wild” Insect­Resistant Potato plants from South America have 2 kinds  of hairs:  Sticky hairs that trap aphids  Hairs that make “alarm pheromones” that deter aphids  The goal is to breed these potatoes with domestic potato plants in order get the same effect.  Host Plant Resistance –cont.  For the last 50 years, seed companies did not bother to have insect resistance in  their crop varieties because they would recommend a chemical pesticide instead.  Now, they want host plant resistance strategies. Intro to Entomology [ENTO 2010] Spring 2016  Most of our crop plants are not native to the U.S.  There’s a search for resistance in our country.  From which, scientist intend to breed resistance traits into high­yield varieties.  Ethical Issue  Seed companies take genes from plants in third world countries.  Then, they produce insect­resistant plants.  This brings into question if the seed companies should share their profits with  these foreign countries.  Biological Control  Sterilization: make pest insects sterile.  Can’t cause long­term problems.  Beneficial insects that can control other insects.  Bacteria that attack insects  Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.)  Example: The gene B.t. was put into soybean leaves.  Caterpillars on these leaves with B.t. kept moving and could not feed on them.  Viruses that attack insects.  Sterilization: Pest Insects  Rear the insects in labs  Then, they are sterilized and released into field/environment.  Insects mate in the field but make no progeny.  Problems with this technique: Most insects are hard to rear in a lab, and it may be  difficult to make them go where you want them to once released into the  environment.  Beneficial Insects  Parasitoids are insects whose larvae consume their hosts.  Beneficial Parasitoids: parasitic wasps and parasitic flies  Predators are any animals that kill and eat other animals.  Beneficial Predators: preying mantis, dragonflies, paper wasps, and “spiders”  (not insects technically)  External Parasitoids   Female wasp paralyzes its host caterpillar with venom.  It then lays eggs on the outside of the caterpillar.  The larvae hatch and feed on the caterpillar.  Interesting Fact: The mother wasp has the ability to determine the sex of her  young by choosing to either withhold sperm from the egg or not to.  Fertilized eggs result in female young.  Unfertilized eggs result in male young.  Internal Parasitoids  Female adult wasp lays eggs inside its host caterpillar. Intro to Entomology [ENTO 2010] Spring 2016  Wasp larvae then hatch and eat the caterpillar from the inside without damaging  its internal organs in order to keep the host alive.  Lastly, larvae ooze out of the host and spin a cocoon.  Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.)  There are several varieties of this bacterium.  Each variety is specific for one group of insects; has a specific target host.  Bacteria produce toxic proteins that kill the insect.  B.t. protein is not toxic to higher animals, such as humans.  We, humans, actually eat this bacterium unknowingly without any personal  harm done to us.  Current use: Gypsy moth in North Georgia.  Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.) –cont.   The insect must eat the bacterium.  The toxin destroys the insect’s stomach, and it is not slow acting.  New strains of this bacterium are being sought.  The bacterium is to be sprayed onto the plant’s surface so the pest insect can  eat it.  The bacterium works quickly so not much damage is done to the plant/crop.  The caterpillar/host will become agitated and fall of the leaves.  Bacillus is a genus name.  Interesting Fact: Anthrax is also a Bacillus bacterium.  Viruses that Attack Insects  Viruses are very specific; only a few insect species are attacked by each type of  virus.  These viruses have no effect on higher animals.  Viruses multiply in great quantities in host insect.  However, these viruses act too slowly; thus, the pest, insect lives for several days  after eating the virus.  The negative consequence is that the insect may cause more damage to the  plants/crops because the virus does not act as quickly.  UGA and American Cyanamid Company  Mite toxin is insect­specific.  Entomologists inserted the toxin gene into the virus DNA.  When the virus multiplied inside the insect, it died very quickly.  The virus still has a narrow host range.  So, there are no effects on humans or other animals.  Also, toxins for scorpions and spiders are used to make insect­specific viruses.


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