A Model Organism for Inquiry-based Undergraduate Laboratories

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Eggs laid on the surface of a mung bean, Vigna radiata and a female bean beetle on mung bean (squares are mm) (photographs by L. Blumer)

Is your department trying to meet the goals of Vision & Change and Engage to Excel by incorporating course-based research in laboratory courses?

We are available to conduct faculty professional development workshops on using the bean beetles in course-based undergraduate research experiences, tailored to the needs to the your institution and the faculty audience.

Recent presentations of new bean beetle laboratory activities

ABLE 2015, Bean beetle nutrition and development lab: An inquiry-based introduction to experimental design (Julie Laudick and Christopher Beck)

ABLE 2015, Using Bean Beetles (Callosobruchus maculatus) in Guided Inquiry Exercises in the Biology Laboratory (Greg K. Fitch and Jordan Burns)

Neuroscience 2014, Use of the Bean Beetle Callosobruchus maculatus as a Model System for Studying Circadian Activity in the College Classroom (Tracy Reed)

ABLE 2014, A versatile, inquiry based enzyme lab; the inhibition of acetylcholinesterase from bean beetles by an organophosphate insecticide and factors that modulate this inhibition (Fardad Firooznia and Hector Fermin)

ABLE 2014, The cost of reproduction in bean beetles (Emily Boone)

ABLE 2014, Mining the genome of Callosobruchus maculatus, bean beetle, with a little help from genetic model organisms (Marilee Ramesh)

Website Updates

A new partial genome assembly is now available for BLAST search and downloading.

Twelve new experiments developed by members of the Bean Beetle Curriculum Development Network have been added to the Laboratory Activities section in 2014.

We recently unveiled a new section of the website with publications and presentations of the Bean Beetle Curriculum Development Network. Check them out under the Publications tab.