A group of academics from Manisa Celal Bayar University (MCBU), which conducts research on the agricultural, ecological and medical effects of insects, discovered 44 new insect species, mostly hunters and agricultural beneficials, belonging to the order “beetles” in Anatolia.
Researches on the agricultural, ecological and medicinal effects of insects. Manisa A group of academics from Celal Bayar University (MCBU) discovered 44 new insect species, mostly hunters and agricultural beneficials, belonging to the order “beetles” in Anatolia.
MCBÜ Alaşehir Vocational School Plant Protection Program Faculty Member prof. Dr. Sinan Anlaş has been working on insects for 20 years. prof. Dr. Samples of different insect species collected by Anlaş and his accompanying academics are on display at the MCBÜ Entomology Museum in Alaşehir.
prof. Dr. Anlaş told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they were conducting research on new insect species in the beetle team within the scope of the project started 8 years ago with the support of TUBITAK.
Stating that beetles have a wing structure called “elytra”, that they cover their wings on their shells thanks to this structure, and that they can be seen in various colors and sizes between 1 millimeter and 15 centimeters, Anlaş said that beetles contain the largest species among insect orders.
Explaining that they gradually announced the results of the ???????study on the new species, Anlaş said, “We have been working in the Mediterranean, Marmara and Black Sea regions since last year. Our work in this area will end in 2022. We announced 20 new species 3 years ago. We have added a new species. Thus, we have discovered 64 new insect species that are unknown in Turkey with the project so far.” he said.
Predatory and agricultural beneficial insects
Stating that the researches also attracted the attention of foreign scientists, Anlaş said:
“For example, we found a completely blind insect species in the Taurus Mountains. While this species should normally live in low altitudes and caves, we detected this species in the Taurus Mountains, Geyik Mountains and Reze Beli Pass at an altitude of 2,500 meters. It attracted the attention of scientists. Our Italian scientist colleagues wanted samples of this species.”
Pointing out that most of the new species they discovered are hunters and agricultural beneficials, Anlaş stated that the impact of the new species on human health is being investigated.
“We take care to give names that show that they belong to our country”
Noting that they usually named the insect species they discovered after the region where the specimens were collected, Anlaş said:
“Until now, foreign scientists have always worked in this field in Turkey, they have collected insect samples from our country and they have named them. As Turkish scientists, we take care to give names that show that they belong to our country when naming them. In this context, Turkish scientists have contributed to these studies. We give the names of our friends. Besides, we can give the name of the region where we found that insect.”
From the research team, Dr. Lecturer Semih Örgel also informed that they sometimes stay in the field for 20 days as part of the studies.
“We prefer more natural areas where there is no human influence. We collect our samples from under the stones and over the leaves of the plants. Then we examine these samples and evaluate whether the insects are a new species.” used the phrases.
Source: Anadolu Agency / Ahmet Bayram