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Integrated Pest Management Laboratory (LabMIP)

The 750 square meters laboratory, which opened in 2010, reflects the approval of the FINEP Project: PUBLIC CALL MCT / FINEP / CT-INFRA – PROINFRA – 01/2006, 01/2007 and 01/2008, which included the construction of the Laboratory of the College of Agronomy of UFPel (LabAgro) with 1,450 square meters of built area housing on its second floor the LabMIP, which has the following structure: room for undergraduate students and room for graduate students, both equipped with new computers and internet high-speed, four rooms for parasitoid selectivity testing and two rooms with predators, plus several pest insects, parasitoids and predators breeding rooms; a phytotron, which is critical for pesticide persistence testing and also for the development of further research on PPGFs. In addition, the Phytosanitary Clinic is now operating, now in large space, with the purpose of continuing to provide services to the general community in the three areas of the Program, namely entomology / acarology, phytopathology and herbology. Since last year the Phytosanitary Clinic has a career laboratory worker, agronomist and postgraduate engineer, who is in charge of controlling all activities, so that it is possible to give greater agility and better serve all stakeholders, whether they are people. physical or legal

It is important to highlight that the great advance that occurred with LabAgro/LabMIP, especially in the area of ​​entomology, was also positively reflected in the other areas, since spaces previously occupied for entomological studies are or have already been made available for expansion of activities in phytopathological areas. , highlighting the creation of a plant virology and mycology laboratory, as well as in the area of ​​herbology, with the availability of a 50m2 area where a laboratory for research involving herbicide dynamics in the environment was installed.

In 2012 LabMIP received new equipment through projects approved by FAPERGS (Pesquisador Gaúcho Edital 04/2012) and CNPq (Universal, Range B, Announcement 14/2012), in the amount of R $ 104,207.75, of which R $ 69,942 , 00 and R $ 34,265.75 from each funding agency respectively.

The equipment purchased is being very important in the development of research and training of human resources, undergraduate and postgraduate, linked especially to the area of ​​toxicity assessment of pesticides to natural enemies in integrated production systems of climate fruit, temperate and annual crops, although they are also useful in other related activities developed in the PPGFs. 

The new equipment is as follows:

  • 1 Potter Tower;
  • 1 Manual Micro Applicator Set;
  • 2 Binocular Stereo Microscopes (90x);
  • 1 Humidified, Temperature-Sensing BOD Chamber (370 L);
  • 2 Climatized Chambers ( BOD), with humidification, with photoperiod and temperature switching (370 L);
  • 2 automatic humidifiers;
  • 1 Analytical balance (220 g), with chapel (div. 0.0001g);
  • 1 Electronic balance (500g), without chapel (div (0.001g);
  • 1 Precision balance (5kg, div. 0.1g);
  • 1 Exhaust hood, chap. 372 m³/ hour. In 2012, 2 BODs and 2 stereoscopic microscopes were acquired.

In 2012 was acquired 2 BOD´s e 2 Stereo Microscopes.