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 work directly relates to inhouse objective 6. 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.
Research was in cooperation with the University of Florida Engineering Department and the objective was to develop and evaluate digital thermometer/relative humidity recording devices which have remote downloading capabilities and software adapted for predicting selected insect breeding cycles. Wireless digital thermometer/relative humidity devices have been developed for laboratory and field applications and have been evaluated alone and in comparison with conventional equipment. Applicable software has been developed and a 50-foot transmission range has been set for evaluation purposes. More was accomplished than originally intended and both parties are interested in writing a subsequent project agreement to pursue additional goals.