1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
To develop and evaluate digital thermometer/relative humidity recording devices which have remote downloading capabilities and software adapted for predicting selected insect breeding cycles.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Digital thermometer/relative humidity devices will be developed for laboratory and field applications and evaluated by comparison to conventional equipment. Devices will be placed in selected locations and monitored for overall performance. Applicable software will be developed and appropriate transmission range will be determined. Software will be incorporated in the modules to predict the breeding speed of selected insect species.
This project is related to Objective 6 of the in-house project - Discover and characterize environmental predictors of the distribution of mosquitoes in order to assess the risk of invasive species and pathogen transmission. Apply to the development of methods and techniques to accurately assess mosquito population density, to deploy vector surveillance systems, and to detect exotic invasive species.
Temperature/humidity probes have been developed and were tested in the laboratory. Initial results indicated the need for an improved housing, which has been addressed. Software to drive the probes is being developed by the University of Florida Engineering Department and batteries with extended life are being purchased. A prototype for field evaluation is under development and testing is planned for later in the year.
Progress was monitored through group meetings between University of Florida and ARS, telephone calls and meetings between Principal Investigators of both groups.