Description of project
Parasitic wasps are one of the most diverse groups of insects. They are of tremendous importance in regulating insect populations and are increasingly used in biological control worldwide. Chalcidoidea is the second largest superfamily of parasitic wasps after Ichneumonoidea, with over 3,000 genera and 22,000 species already described. Their diversity is still very poorly known (up to 500,000 species may exist) and their identification often proves difficult even for the expert. The proposed training aims to introduce the students into the fascinating world of chalcids, provide information about specific and appropriate methods of collecting and mounting, as well as present and explain the most important morphological characters used for their identification.
Malaise trap Apsilocera maculata Mitroiu & van Achterberg
Duration of training
1 week (5 days from Monday to Friday)
Dates to be discussed with training provider
Graduate students, curators, researchers, foresters, etc.
Number of participants
Minimum 5, maximum 10 trainees.
Collecting material in the field using various techniques: entomological nets, Malaise traps, yellow pan traps, etc; Sorting and adequately mounting the collected material; Identification of the selected material using appropriate keys (all parasitic wasps to superfamily level, Chalcidoidea to family level).
Brief presentation of the parasitic wasp groups, with emphasis on diagnosis characters.
Faculty of Biology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Bd. Carol I 22, 700506 Iasi, Romania (www.uaic.ro).
Collecting trips around Iasi city will be organized.
Name of training provider
Dr. Mircea-Dan Mitroiu
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Faculty of Biology, Bd. Carol I 22, 700506 Iasi, Romania
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)
€ 300 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.
Deadline for registration: 1 March 2017.
Click here for the registration form. Registration closed.
Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.
ForBio travel grants are available. These grants enable ForBio members to visit another research institute and to be trained by taxonomic experts.
For more information and application procedure click here.