NIGHTSEA fluorescence solutions can have a variety of uses in entomology, from the laboratory to the field, and over a wide range of scales. Whether working with transgenic specimens, more easily observing taxonomic features, locating insects in the field, adding markers to be able to follow movement, there are diverse ways to apply fluorescence in this discipline. Not to mention that images of fluorescent insects can just be beautiful.
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Grasshopper on Queen Anne’s lace fluorescence – (c) Charles Mazel
Spider fluorescence – (c) DanJones
Rosy gypsy moth (Lymantria mathura) fluorescence – (c) Shawn Miller
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Some references to published work that has used NIGHTSEA equipment with insects:
- fluorescence excited by blue light to find grasshoppers in the field
- Woller, D. A., Foquet, B., Kilpatrick, S. K., Selking, R., Mazel, C., & Song, H. (2020). UNLOCKING THE DARK: Harnessing Blue-Light Fluorescence to Illuminate Hidden Hexapods. American Entomologist, 66(1), 38-47. Open access
- tracking annual bluegrass weevil vertical movement with fluorescent markings and photography
- Czyzewski, B. D., & McGraw, B. A. (2018). Detection of Listronotus maculicollis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Turfgrass Canopy Activity With the Use of a Novel Fluorescent Marking System Suggests Opportunities for Improved Mechanical Control. Environmental Entomology, 47(6), 1525-1531.
- fluorescence under the microscope enhances the ability to distinguish taxonomically relevant features
- Shade, D. A. (2018). Morphological observations of fluorescence in different tick species (Family: Ixodidae). Acarologia, 58(4), 989-994.
- fluorescence used to screen transgenic soybean roots
- Lin, J., Wang, D., Chen, X., Köllner, T.G., Mazarei, M., Guo, H., Pantalone, V.R., Arelli, P., Stewart, C.N., Wang, N. and Chen, F., (2016). An (E, E)‐α‐farnesene synthase gene of soybean has a role in defense against nematodes and is involved in synthesizing insect‐induced volatiles. Plant Biotechnology Journal, 15(4), 510-519.
- fluorescence microscopy used to select transgenic moth pupae
- Zhou, L., Alphey, N., Walker, A. S., Travers, L. M., Hasan, F., Morrison, N. I., … & Raymond, B. (2018). Combining the high‐dose/refuge strategy and self‐limiting transgenic insects in resistance management—A test in experimental mesocosms. Evolutionary Applications, 11(5), 727-738.
- Somerville, J., Zhou, L., & Raymond, B. (2019). Aseptic Rearing and Infection with Gut Bacteria Improve the Fitness of Transgenic Diamondback Moth, Plutella xylostella. Insects, 10(4), 89.
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