Felix Guerrero, Research Physiologist, at the Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory, Kerrville, TX, is a Co-Principal Investigator, with Kelly Brayton, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, the grant Project Director, received a USDA, CSREES National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grant award, titled “Functional genomics of the tick vector-pathogen interface,” on November 24, 2004, to study the tick vector-pathogen interface using the experimental system of Boophilus microplus, the southern cattle tick, and Anaplasma marginale, a rickettsial pathogen of cattle which is transmitted by B. microplus. The long term objective is an enhanced understanding of pathogenesis in this system leading to the development of technologies to block disease transmission.
The Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory received the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) Mid-Continent Regional Laboratory Award for Outstanding Laboratory. Drs. J. Allen Miller and J. Mathews Pound accepted the award for the laboratory on September 14, 2005, at the FLC Far West and Mid-Continent Regional Conference, held at Monterey, California. The award highlights the laboratory’s efforts to transfer the '4-Poster' technology for control of ticks that transmit diseases to humans. This is the second time the Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory has received this special award.