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What is the lifespan? New information

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  1. bait

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Sun Feb 14 2010 1:56:06
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    Hi everybody.

    Here's a link to a Virginia Tech/Dini Miller abstract titled Survivorship and growth potential of modern bed bug (Cimex lectularius) populations in the United States http://esa.confex.com/esa/2009/webprogram/Paper44657.html

    Can anyone get their hands on what is being referred to as "life tables to determine population growth potential" ? This information would update our data.

    OCD, can you try to get the full study? I'll be searching too.

    Bait

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Sun Feb 14 2010 3:39:31
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    I'm no expert but, I'll take a swag at this - Life tables are calculations used in ecology and entomology (and other biological sciences) to determine how much time is spent in each stage of development. The following is one explanation.
    http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/tutorial/lifetbl.html

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Sun Feb 14 2010 10:01:11
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    It looks to me like the abstract is all that's available right now...I will do some more searching but I am not optimistic. I hope the authors develop this into a full paper.

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Sun Feb 14 2010 12:45:59
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    I'll wait for the whole thing.

    If trying for starvation I'll still use the old times. Why? Simple. The BB war is only won by 100% kill.

    For that goal I will use the longest times ever observed in modern, and yes the 30's counts as modern enough, observation.

    For the sake of argument if Dr. Miller's study shows some populations only lived 6 months. If you population is from the same gene pool and you open starvation bags after 7 months you are kosher. If you population isn't from that same pool and has the old survival characteristics, you are re infested.

    Back to square one and start the whole war over again.

    I'll look forward to the whole paper.

    Jim

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    Posted 9 years ago
    Sun Feb 14 2010 12:49:45
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    I am not currently at a "research intensive" university, so I don't have unlimited access to as many databases as if I were at what used to be known as a Research 1 school, but I did check the most likely databases for the full article, and I couldn't find it.

    So it looks like just the abstract is currently available, at least in the databases I can get to.


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