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JIC Entomology Facility is a Platform Technology service that provides the biological components for many science projects. Native and quarantined exotic invertebrates are maintained within a purpose-built insectary.

Most invertebrate species within the facility are associated with crop losses and/or the transmission of specific plant diseases (viruses and phytoplasmas).  The majority of these are Hemipteran (sap sucking) species that originate from the tropics.  These are held under a DEFRA Plant Health licenced, quarantined environment.  A range of native aphid species and some Lepidopteran species are also maintained for study, outside of the quarantined environment.

A team of trained entomologists operate the facility and ensure invertebrates are readily available for the current research projects across JIC and NRP.  This encompasses: 

     Plant – Invertebrate interactions.

     Plant – Pathogen – Invertebrate interactions

     Molecular – Plant – Microbe – Invertebrate interactions

     Invertebrate – Microbe associations.

Besides a known provenance, the invertebrate colonies within the facility are also free from parasites, diseases and pathogens. They are also adapted to surviving under controlled environments.

The Entomology facility has capacity for 96 cages (600 x 600 x 600mm) within five controlled environment rooms for maintaining and working with quarantined invertebrates.  Outside of the quarantined area there are locations where native and non-licenced  invertebrates can be maintained either within controlled laboratory or heated glasshouse conditions.  The collection of native invertebrates and non-licenced exotics averages at around 20 species.

Please contact us directly for details on which species are maintained.  We are also able to acquire many other species from reputable sources.