RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Mini Project I: Integrated Pest Management – Identification of the Membracoids (Leaf- and Treehoppers) on Rice Field Experiment at the Royal University of Phnom Penh

Eighty percent of Cambodian people are traditional mainstay on agriculture. Rice is considered a vital economic agricultural production, yet the demand of consumption due the population growth cannot support this essential need. Moreover, rice product in the country is more likely less attention in improving on quantity and quality of the product. Membracoids (Leaf and treehoppers) are comprised of about more than 25,000 species described; and some species were recorded to be a host specific on the rice where they are usually severely cause damage of rice production. Membracoids feed principally on leaves of their host plants. In addition, Millions tons of agriculture products damaged by those pests. In the study, we aim to (1) determine species abundance and host preference of Membracoids species on three different types of rice crops experiment and (2) identify pest species on rice fields experiment and a reviewing the data from the previous study. More info you can link through leaflet in  English version and Khmer version here.

 

Insect Pest on Rice-Experiment

Mini Project II: Integrated Molecular Genetic Perspective – Future Cambodian DNA Barcoding of Membracoidea (Leaf- and Treehoppers) Diversity

Leaf- and treehoppers are insects belonging to families Cicadellidae and Membracidae of the superfamily Membracoidea in the order Hemiptera. Most of them are often classified as pests due to their feeding on a specific plant. Despite ~25,000 species described worldwide and new species being gradually found, very few genetic researches of the insects in Cambodia have been done so far. The Cambodian Molecular Genetics Group (CMGG) linked with the Cambodian Entomology Initiatives (CEI) project, under the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), is going to apply DNA Barcoding method for biodiversity inventory assessment and identify of the species of the Cambodian leaf- and treehoppers (Membracoidea) in all major habitat types. The DNA Barcoding is a common taxonomic technique using a genetic marker (gene) in an organism's DNA to identify the organism to a specific species. Either tissue sample or whole body of the insect voucher specimens in RUPP Entomology Collection Museum is being planned to do DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, sequencing, sequence analysis and interpretation. You can find more info in the English version and Khmer version here.

 

Mini-Genetics v3-English

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Cambodian Insect Taxa Database....

 

 

 

National Entomology Collection for Cambodian....

 

 

 

Improving University Capacity Building and Training in Entomology....

 

 

 

Educational Outreach and Awareness.....