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Method for Random Sampling Insect Populations

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Abstract:

A computer program was written in Microsoft BASIC to efficiently generate random coordinates for sampling insect populations in large field studies. Written for extension and research personnel, it requires no programming knowledge and is intended to be flexible enough to use with any field crop. This program generates a user-defined number of random sampling coordinates, within specified upper and lower limits, and arranges them so that the coordinate nearest to the most recently sampled point is sampled next (nextnearest order). A field verification study confirmed that this program increased sampling efficiency more than 7-fold over that of nonordered random sampling.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1985

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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