Asked 26th Nov, 2015

What are suitable methods to extract insects associated with plants in desert ecosystems?

what are suitable methods applied to extarct insects associated with desert flora?

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26th Nov, 2015
Prashant Kumar Mishra
Vinoba Bhave University
Pl clarify what you mean by extracting insect. If you mean collecting insects, you should visit desert area in different seasons and use insect traps.
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28th Nov, 2015
Ahmad Thabet
Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI)
if you ment collecting it , you may have to use traps such as light traps 
2nd Dec, 2015
Philippe Auger
French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE)
Dear Mahat,
To extract small insects hidden in plants you can use beating and/or deeping washing methods. The first one consists in using a large sheet of white paper or a clear plastic tray (an umbrella can be used for larger insects) put underneath a branch of the plant .Then you beat the branch (with a stick) and  you look for insects that fall down on the paper/tray. The second methods allows to get an exhaustive assessment of the sample of small insects inhabiting a plant. It consists in deeping leaves, buds and small part of branches in a bucket full of water + 1 or 2 drops of dishwashing liquid. You shake the bucket and wait for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then you filter water using filters and you pick small insects (using binocular and camel hair brush for small arthropods).

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