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Pollen extraction from insects

Gretchen D. Jones
Pollen extraction from insects
Palynology (June 2012) 36 (1): 86-109


Numerous insect species feed on the pollen, nectar and other plant exudates that are associated with flowers. As a result of this feeding activity, pollen becomes attached to the insects. Analysis of this pollen can reveal what insects eat, their dispersal patterns in and around cropping systems and their role in pollination. However, finding pollen on and/or in an insect depends on the technique used to recover pollen from the insect. Six different techniques are described in detail that have been used to recover pollen from a variety of insects including pests such as boll weevils, Mexican corn rootworms and corn earworm moths. These techniques can be use to recover pollen from internal insect tissues (gut, alimentary canal, crop, etc.), external tissues (proboscis, legs, eyes, etc.) or both. By using the most appropriate technique, better pollen recovery can be made and thus better data obtained.

ISSN: 0191-6122
EISSN: 1558-9188
Serial Title: Palynology
Serial Volume: 36
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Pollen extraction from insects
Author(s): Jones, Gretchen D.
Affiliation: U. S. Department of Agriculture, Areawide Pest Management Research Unit, College Station, TX, United States
Pages: 86-109
Published: 201206
Text Language: English
Publisher: American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Dallas, TX, United States
References: 126
Accession Number: 2012-101434
Categories: Paleobotany
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 10 plates
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, Copyright, American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201252
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