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Tribolium disease: Nosema

Nosema (Apicomplexa) – kills late in larval or pupal stage, few individuals reach adult stage.  Infected adults have lower fecundity (but what about lifespan?) 1960 J. Parasitology, 2005 J. Invert. Path. Advertisements

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Inside Out?

Naturally, when you look at an insect you think: “I wonder if I can sterilize the outside of that thing, crush it up in sterile media and plate the resulting goo to see if any microbes from the inside will … Continue reading

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Death on time and Emergence

Adult count – 0.   According to my calculations, this last little dude assumed room temperature bit the dust at about 6:13am Sunday morning.  Of course I am not 100% sure of that time, as I was home getting ready for … Continue reading

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Come and knock on my door….

Adult count: 3 Only a weirdo would let this get to them, but why can’t I keep these adult beetles alive?  Obvious possibility is that cous cous isn’t preferred (but they have gone through a full cycle on it). Transferred … Continue reading

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And then there were 5.

  Adult count: 5.     I put in some baker’s yeast two days ago, hoping the decline was some sort of B vitamin deficiency.  These beetles should last for years.  Perhaps they like cous cous about as much as … Continue reading

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Beau Handsome (or, Thoughts While Watching Students Take a Test)

Beauveria bassiana, asexual form (“anamorph” for the word collectors) of Cordyceps bassiana, the Gozer of fungi (more pictures). Why no sex, Beauveria? Is that an independent variable we can play with? Widely found in soils and grows on MacConkey agar!!! … Continue reading

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Fungal apocalypse?

One of the most brilliant people I ever interacted with in research gave me a great idea that I just want to get down.  If I save these in a folder I will forget, so I am going to put … Continue reading

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