Training on arthropod collection, preservation and photography for Hainan University students

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J. Catindig, S. Villareal, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Philippines.
Qinhua Yuan and Ducheng Cai, Hainan University, Hai Kou, China

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Workshop participants in Hainan University

On April 6, 2013, the new Biodiversity Laboratory was declared opened by vice president of Hainan University, Professor  Hu Xinwen and Kadoorie Charitable Foundation project manager, Mr Ronald Li in Hainan University. Preserved in the Laboratory are more than 20,000 arthropod specimens collected. There are about 2373 species and only 1578 have been identified. About 4,200 specimens in the Laboratory have been named and preserved. There are 32 holotype and 4 paratype specimens of new spider species discovered.

A five-day training workshop on the “Collection, preservation and photography of insects” was organized to acquaint students and staffs of Hainan University with techniques in arthropod preservation and documentations. Two MS students and 14 undergraduate students participated in the training. The training presented with a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises on arthropod preservation such as mounting using board spreader for moths and butterflies, pinning, card pointing, mounting on slides, and labeling, and the basics of photography. Various arthropod sampling methods were also introduced.  This training workshop is the final activity of the Hainan Project on “Conserving Arthropod Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Rice Environments in Hainan, China”. The trained students will provide the resource base for the University to serve as laboratory assistants to maintain the Laboratory and its collection of insects and spiders and add to its collection new specimens from Hainan’s rich biodiversity.  The Laboratory equipped with air conditioning, dehumidifier, microscopes, arthropod preservation and audio visual facilities will serve as the center of biodiversity research and education.

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Students attending to details in insect specimen preparation for laboratory preservation

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