Concepts and methods of quality assurance for mass-reared parasitoids and predators

Tuesday, November 12, 2013: 3:55 PM
Meeting Room 14 (Austin Convention Center)
Norman Leppla , Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
This talk will describe the importance of quality assurance in the marketplace, especially customer involvement in determining specifications and standards for arthropod products.  It will provide a complete quality assurance system with functions for management, methods development, material, production, research, utilization, personnel, and quality control.  Published quality assessments of mass-reared natural enemies will be reviewed, along with minimum requirements for quality assurance and control data acquisition and analysis.  The information will include a general structure for conducting a quality assurance system review, along with examples of the type of research needed to advance quality assessment for mass-reared parasitoids and predators.