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Harvesting Venom Toxins from Assassin Bugs and Other Heteropteran Insects

DOI :

10.3791/57729-v

April 21st, 2018

April 21st, 2018

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1Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, 2Centre for Advance Imaging, The University of Queensland

Although many insects in the suborder Heteroptera (Insecta: Hemiptera) are venomous, their venom composition and the functions of their venom toxins are mostly unknown. This protocol describes methods to harvest heteropteran venoms for further characterization, using electrostimulation, harassment, and gland dissection.

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