Development and metamorphosis of insects. Importance of rearing insects in the laboratory. Stages of a biological study using natural and artificial food substrates. Thermal and water requirements of insects. Sexual dimorphism and diapause in insects. Insect nutrition principles: nutritional requirements. Diets for insects of agricultural importance: composition, preparation and examples. Types of insect breeding. Mass rearing of insects. Quality control of laboratory populations. Laboratory models and sanitary requirements for work using artificial diets. Techniques for rearing insects of different Orders for biological, ecological, physiological, toxicological studies, etc. Criteria to assess whether a diet is satisfactory: morphological, biometric, nutritional and life tables.
Responsible Professor of Course
Dr. Mauro Silveira Garcia
SIAPE Registration: 0421726