Identifying invertebrates

26 September 2019

Identifying invertebrates
Day 4 of the Biosecurity for Plant Health Import Control Staff workshop saw the participants out in the field collecting invertebrate samples. Despite the cool autumn weather, a wide range of specimens were found in the grounds outside the training room in York. These included mites and a variety of insect larvae as well as adult beetles and ants, giving participants an opportunity to practice using USB microscopes to check their identifying characteristics.

These light and versatile microscopes are a very useful tool for biosecurity officers, for use both in the field and laboratory. Lack of equipment is a big problem for many of the UK Overseas Territories, and one microscope was provided to each participant for use back home to help them in the identification of intercepted organisms.

The workshop runs from the 23rd to 27th September, and involves participants from Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Find out more about the OTs Biosecurity Project here.

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