I am interested in entomology and insect rearing. Additionally, I am interested in microbiology and genetic modification of plants. My experience as a research associate in R&D biotechnology gives me a broad set of skills that are necessary to develop a genetically modified plant, from bacteria to gene to greenhouse. I see biotechnology as the future of agriculture.
Techniques Edward Richards Uses:
I used iterative design processes.
Literature review was also used in the development of solutions.
I consulted with industry experts to make a synthesis of ideas.
Edward Richards's Problem Solving Skills:
Isolation of bacteria from environmental samples
Protein extraction and purification
development of resistant insect colonies
Bio-saftey comity annalysis of projects
Insect resistance testing
Green house research
Western Corn rootworm rearing (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera)
Growing corn and soybeans for research
Edward Richards's Problem Solving Experience:
I developed an egg laying substrate for Western corn rootworm, that eliminates the need for soil.
I developed a method for isolating Bacillus thuringiensis from soil samples that allows for a more isolates to be isolated from a single sample.
I developed an insect emergence container that eliminated the need for hand counting of Western corn rootworm.
I developed a feeding method for brown marmorated stink bugs.
I developed a bio-assay method for western corn rootworm. It allows for good results from a 24 well format.