USDA, ARS, PA, US LIVESTOCK INSECTS RESEARCH LAB
2700 FREDERICKSBURG ROAD
Kerrville TX 78028
The mission of the Screwworm Research Unit is to provide basic and applied research needed to facilitate the effort of USDA-APHIS to prevent screwworms from reinfesting Central and North America. Specifically, the mission includes: 1) apply quantitative procedures to characterize screwworm ecology; 2) perfect remote sensing techniques applicable to the prediction of screwworm distribution; 3) develop new sterile male release strategies for use in the barrier zone and in outbreak areas that have been previously eradicated; 4) improve screwworm diet and rearing technology; 5) further characterize the influences of the genetic changes occurring during colonization of screwworm strains in the production facility; and 6) create a practical artificial wound for use in screwworm research and eradication. Research by the Screwworm Unit is done at the laboratory co-located with the Screwworm Production Facility at Pacora, Panama, and at Kerrville, TX, laboratory.