Analysis, research and lectures
Precise analyses of samples and an exact knowledge of thrips species provide safety assessing plant pests. Furthermore, identification on species level can compliment ecological studies with valuable data. I offer you various services tailored for your special and individual demands:
• Determination of Thysanoptera samples (world wide)
• If required species inventory analysis in field
• Creation of comprehensive reports
• Publication of results in English or German
• Lectures on Thysanoptera
• Courses on the biology of invertebrates
For amateur entomologists, thrips have never reached the same popularity as, for example, beetles or butterflies. For insect collectors thrips are simply too tiny and unimpressive. Furthermore, examinations of these insects are complicated because an elaborate preparation is needed, i.e. their inclusion in special resins, and last but not least their microscopic determination, which demands some experience. Accordingly, nowadays the inventory of literature, well-managed collections and specialists is rather limited.
For these reasons Thysanoptera are often not included within the scope of insects‘ habitat analysis, species inventories or other ecological studies, which is unfortunate because small sized taxa often provide valuable data.
Some thrips are dreaded pest insects on cultural plants or vectors of plant viruses (e.g. Tospoviruses) and they can cause enormous economic damage to crops. Their early and precise identification, particularly of virus vectors, is crucial for pest control.
Here is your chance to get your thrips samples analysed in order to complete your ecological data or to recognize pest species as quickly as possible. I’ll be happy to help you analysing your thrips samples in order to complete your ecological data or to recognize pest species as quickly as possible. My service also includes advice on planning your projects focused on Thysanoptera.