Georgia Southern hosts annual tick workshop
For the second year in a row, the James H. Oliver, Jr. Institute for Coastal Plain Science at Georgia Southern University is hosting the Gateway Program Tick Identification and Techniques Workshop on the Statesboro Campus.
The two-week workshop began on May 20 and drew a crowd of 20 participants from around the globe. The workshop offers tick identification techniques, tick physiology, tick control and management, tick-borne diseases, distribution modeling, and surveillance techniques and tools.
Lorenza Beati, Ph.D., curator of the U.S. National Tick Collection at Georgia Southern, is leading the workshop, along with 15 instructors from the Centers for Disease Control and universities across the United States and abroad.
With more than 1 million specimens, the U.S. National Tick collection is one of the largest curated tick collections in the World, if not the largest. It belongs to the U.S. National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) and has been housed at Georgia Southern University since 1990.
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