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 research relates to inhouse objective 3: 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.
Units are ready for field testing and the software operating systems used for remote down loading of data are being fine tuned. Work has been slower than anticipated in the engineering department because of funding problems and a lack of student labor.
Progress was monitored via site visits, telephone calls and e-mails to discuss the research project.