Title: Course-Based Research with Bean Beetles, Callosobruchus maculatus, and a Y-maze Olfactometer
Url: http://www.ableweb.org/volumes/vol-38/?art=17
Author: Lawrence Blumer
Ronald Ty Smith
Author's Address: Morehouse College, Biology, GA
Email Address: ronaldtsmith33@gmail.com
Description: Course-based authentic research is an effective and appropriate substitute for mentored research with undergraduates to both engage students in the process of science and to foster the skills and knowledge development required to successfully pursue advanced studies. Here we describe a very flexible olfactometry system that can be used for a wide range of open-ended experimental studies using the bean beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus, model organism. The essence of this olfactometer is a Y-maze in which individual beetles choose between two sources of chemical signals. We will use this system to address questions about mate choice by males in this species. This system may be used with a guided-inquiry pedagogy to start a process that leads to students posing their own questions and pursuing authentic research projects.
Keywords: course-based research
y-maze olfactometer
Callosobruchus maculatus
bean beetle
mate choice
Topic: Teaching Tools and Techniques
Ecology
Animal Behavior
BEN Subject/Discipline Taxonomy: Teaching Tools and Techniques
Reproductive Biology
Behavioral Science
Invertebrate Biology
Environmental Sciences
Entomology
Ecology
Learning Resource Type: Laboratory exercise (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
Context: Undergraduate lower division 13-14
Undergraduate upper division 15-16
Format: pdf
Access Rights: This resource is for ABLE members only.
Rights: http://www.ableweb.org/volumes/copyright.htm
Conference Location & Year: University of Houston (2016)
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