Appropriate Packaging for Transportation of Telenolmus remus Nixon (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) Egg Cards
A novel method was devised for the transportation of parasitized egg cards of the scelionid parasitoid, Telenomus remu Nixon. Several consignments of parasitized eggs of T. remus were transported and based on the feedback obtained from the receiving station, it was evident that the eggs within the newly designed transportation containers were not damaged in transit. One container can hold 20,000 parasitized eggs and it costs Rs. 20. From this study, it is also evident that it is ideal to transport 0 to 4 day old un-stored eggs. If stored parasitized eggs (0-2 day old) have to be transported, the pre-transportation storage period should not exceed 4 days. This would prevent adult emergence in transit and also ensure that the receiving station has sufficient time to plan field releases prior to adult emergence.
Spodoptera litura, Storage, Telenomus remus, Transportation.
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