A comparison of blow fly (Diptera: Calliphoridae) and beetle (Coleoptera) activity on refrigerated only versus frozen-thawed pig carcasses in Indiana.

@article{Bugajski2011ACO,
  title={A comparison of blow fly (Diptera: Calliphoridae) and beetle (Coleoptera) activity on refrigerated only versus frozen-thawed pig carcasses in Indiana.},
  author={Kristi Nichole Bugajski and Cara C Seddon and Ralph E. Williams},
  journal={Journal of medical entomology},
  year={2011},
  volume={48 6},
  pages={
          1231-5
        }
}
To have large numbers of replicates in forensic entomology research, it is often necessary to freeze carcasses and thaw them before use in experiments. Research on the effects of freezing on decomposition is minimal in the literature and the effect that it has on insect (e.g., blow fly, beetle) activity is virtually unknown. The objective of this study was to compare the differences in insect activity occurring on refrigerated only versus frozen-thawed pig carcasses, and to characterize the… CONTINUE READING
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