Training program in Entomology (special. Diptera Syrphidae), emphasis on collection management and bioindicator use

Description of project
Syrphidae, commonly called hoverfly, is a large family of Diptera: more than 6000 species have been described in world fauna. Hoverflies are well known for imitating wasps, bees or bumblebees. Syrphid adults can be particularly common in field and they can be easily see on flowers looking for nectar and pollen. Their larvae show a large differentiation in trophic habits: some are predators mainly on aphids, some phytophagous, some are saprophagous in eutrophic water or in dead woods. Aphidophagous Syrphids are considered as one of the main predator in controlling these pests: this explain the large interested developed around the presence of this insects in agroecosystems. Several researches underline the importance of Syrphidae as bioindicators in environmental  evaluation and since ’90 a method, called Syrph the Net, has been developed to standardize the use of hoverflies as bioindicators.

One of the outcomes of the 2016 training:
Sommaggio D. & Corazza C, 2016 - Volucella inanis (Linnaues, 1758) (Diptera, Syrphydae): prima segnalazione per la provincia di Ferrara. Quaderni del Museo di Storia Naturale di Ferrara, 4: 81-82. Full text

Field and lab work during the 2016 training.

Duration of training
1 week (5 days from Monday to Friday)

Training period
03-07 July 2017 (5 days)

Target Audience
MSc students, PhD students as well as early career researchers

Practical experiences
- Sampling and preserving techniques
- Identification of specimens to genera and species.
- Hoverfly rearings
- Application of Syrph the Net in environmental evaluation
- Geospatial management of data with software ESRI ArcView

- General information about Syrphidae
- Morphology of adult and larvae of Syrphidae
- The use of bioindicator to evaluate habitat state of conservation
- Hoverfly as bioindicator with particular reference to Syrph the Net
- The role of Syrphidae in aphid control.

Maximum number of trainees: 10
A minimum of 4 participants is required

Name of mentor / supervisor
Dr. Daniele Sommaggio – Dr. Carla Corazza

Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
Stazione di Ricerca Ecologica
Via De Pisis, 24, I-44100 Ferrara, Italy

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Participants will be required to perform a final test for the assessment of the abilities gained during the training.
Upon successful completion, participants will receive a 'Certificate of Attendance'.

Registration fee
€ 250 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Deadline for registration: 1 April 2017.
Click here for the registration form. Registration closed.

Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

Associazione Naturalisti Ferraresi (ANF) is offering financial support to attend this training course. ANF will cover registration fee for 2 young researchers from Ferrara, both studying or researching at the University of Ferrara or living in Ferrara but studying or researching at other universities. If no people from Ferrara apply, the financial support will go to other trainees.
In addition, DEST is offering two grants to waive the registration fee cost.



Funding procedure
A rank ordered list of all eligible applications will be developed by the selection panel.  Selection criteria for funding will be scientific merit, motivation and usefulness of the training for the applicant’s career.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith