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Study Findings from Natural History Museum Provide New Insights into Stored Products Research

June 3, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Researchers detail new data in Stored Products Research. According to news reporting originating in Geneva, Switzerland, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "The unusually developed head surface sculpture of a Pakistan strain of the stored-product psocid Liposcelis paeta was discovered using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The morphologically unique serrate tubercle sculpture observed was previously unknown in the genus Liposcelis."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Natural History Museum, "The typical morphological female and male characteristics, which are important for species diagnosis, were described and visualised with SEM micrographs. The vertex sculptures of various geographic strains of L paeta and of some species belonging to all known species-groups of the genus Liposcelis were compared to assess the extent of variability."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Molecular data for L. paeta geographic strains are analysed and the taxonomic positions of these geographic strains are also discussed."

For more information on this research see: Morphological and molecular characterization of a Pakistan strain of the stored-product pest Liposcelis paeta (Insecta: Psocodea: Liposcelididae) with observations on the variability of the head surface sculpture in liposcelidids. Journal of Stored Products Research, 2014;57():12-23. Journal of Stored Products Research can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Journal of Stored Products Research -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Z. Kucerova, Nat Hist Museum, CH-1208 Geneva, Switzerland. Additional authors for this research include W. Wakil, M. Yasin, Q.Q. Yang, Z.H. Li, J. Hromadkova, I. Kalinovic, G. Opit and C. Lienhard.

Keywords for this news article include: Geneva, Europe, Switzerland, Stored Products Research

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