|Does anthropogenic disturbance affect the ecological transmission drivers of the La crosse virus?
||In this study, we applied a comparative ecological approach to evaluate if and how anthropogenic disturbance affects vector species abundance and gonotrophic status within the La Crosse virus (LACV) sylvatic system. We compared the oviposition rate, ...
|Identification of Morphologic and Chemical Markers of Aestivation Conditions in Female Anopheles gambiae Mosquitoes
||Increased understanding of the dry season survival mechanisms of Anopheles gambiae (An. gambiae) in semi-arid regions could benefit vector control efforts by identifying weak links in the transmission cycle of malaria. In this study we examine effect...
|Effect of dragonfly nymph presence and conspecific larvae density on oviposition response of the invasive Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus)
||Oviposition site selection is a critical fitness enhancing decision for container breeding insects. Predators have typically been shown to repel gravid females whereas conspecifics have been shown to be attractive at low-intermediate densities but re...
|The establishment of a behavioral bioassay to study Lutzomyia verrucarum male sex pheromones using Lutzomyia longipalpis as a model species
||Each year, up to 1.6 million people contract leishmaniasis from the bite of a phlebotomine sand fly infected with the Leishmania (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae) pathogen. Therefore, the control of sand flies has been the topic of intense research ...
|Identifying oviposition attractants from the larval rearing medium of phlebotomus papatasi, the vector of old world zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis
||Phlebotomine sand flies are the vectors of the Leishmania parasites as well as other bacterial and viral pathogens worldwide. Due to the variable impact of traditional vector control practices, a more ecologically-based approach is needed. The goal o...