This lab is also situated at the Agricultural Research and Development Centre in Għammieri, Marsa. It caters for all aspects related to the study of insects. This lab which is an integral part of the Diagnostic and Control Unit, deals with identification of diverse groups of insects from most orders. In case of a number of insect groups such as beetles, flies and other hard body insects identification is carried out directly on the dried insect specimens. However, in case of soft body insects such as thrips, whiteflies, aphids, jumping plant-lice and scale insects (all of which have important species of plant quarantine significance), slide mounts are done so as to study the detailed morphology of these insects using compound microscopy.
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