The two new insectary buildings being added to the CMAVE complex were funded by the DOD-sponsored Deployed War-Fighter Protection (DWFP) program. This research program will test and develop management tools for pest and vector species transmit diseases to the deployed troops. The first building will contain 3 environmental chambers for rearing insects and a greenhouse for rearing and experiments that require natural daylight.
Occupancy date for this first building is expected for fall 2006 when outfitting of the building will be complete. A second insectary building with eight 10’x20’ temperature-, humidity-, and light-controlled chambers is expected to be completed by late summer 2006. These two buildings will allow a great expansion of the mosquito and fly rearing, including new species and insecticide-resistant colonies needed for DWPF-related research within and outside MFRU, as well as other MFRU research. Currently MFRU rears 9 mosquito and 4 fly species, including 3 strains of house flies, and plans to add sand fly colonies soon. When all mosquito colonies are transferred to the new insectary, the old mosquito insectary will be refurbished to provide additional lab and office space for DWFP activities.