Invertebrates as Research Tools

As the syllabus leans towards independent research projects as part of assessment, students are faced with the task of finding topics to investigate, designing experiments and choosing suitable test subjects.  Invertebrates make excellent “guinea pigs” for science projects.  They are hardy and fast growing, readily available and do not attract the animal ethics concerns that their spine wielding counterparts do.  In this workshop students will learn which invertebrates make good study subjects, how to collect and culture them and undertake simple experiments.  Stick insects, meal worms, cockroaches, spiders and maggots are just some of the invertebrates we will examine.  Research topics such as Integrative Pest Management, Bio-Control, and insect-plant co-evolution will be discussed.


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