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Grafting Larvae

This week has been a blast! I have been working on a NCSU student's project. We have been feeding newly grafted larvae a special diet. Grafted larvae are newly hatched larvae that we have moved into these special cups. Grafting is often used in queen-rearing.


The red cups each contain a larva with a diet containing pesticides. The green cups were our controls and had been fed a normal larvae diet.

My job was to check the mortality of the larvae and pipette feed into the cells. After 6 days, the larvae are sampled for further tests. Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to look at the data but I hear it looks promising!

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