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Educating the Next Generation of Insect Rearing Professionals: Lessons from the International Insect Rearing Workshop, Mississippi State University, 2000-2017. 2018. Schneider, J.C.; Leppla, N.C.; Chaudhury, M.F.; Castrillo, L.A.; Ng, S.; Fisher, W.R.; Ebling, P.M.; Caprio, M.A.; Riddell, T. American Entomologist 64(2): 102-111.

Year: 2018

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39495

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1093/ae/tmy020

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Insect rearing science and technology provide vital support for many areas of entomology and its applications, including basic and applied research, pest management (e.g., biological control, host plant resistance, and insecticide development), apiculture, public displays (e.g., insect zoos, butterfly houses), educational activities, and the nascent technology of insect production for feed and food. Consequently, insect rearing received increasing attention during the twentieth century and was explicitly recognized as a profession in 1992. In spite of this recognition, until the twenty-first century, insect rearing professionals received nearly all their training informally by working in insect rearing programs, networking with other professionals, studying insect rearing manuals and literature, participating in symposia at scientific conferences, visiting insectaries, and through trial and error. During the past 18 years, however, the demand for formal insect rearing education and training has been addressed primarily at two U.S. institutions: North Carolina State University and Mississippi State University. We envision an important future for professional insect rearing and discuss the vital role formal insect rearing instruction will play in that future.