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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF DIGITAL THERMOMETER/RELATIVE HUMIDITY RECORDING DEVICES WITH REMOTE DOWNLOADING CAPABILITIES

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit

2012 Annual Report


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.


3.Progress Report:

This research 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."

The objective is to develop and evaluate digital thermometer/relative humidity recording devices which have remote downloading capabilities and software adapted for predicting selected insect breeding cycles. Digital thermometer/relative humidity devices have been developed by the University of Florida (UF) for laboratory and field applications and will be evaluated by comparison to conventional equipment. Devices will be placed in selected locations and monitored for overall performance by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Applicable software has been developed by UF and appropriate transmission range will be determined by UF and ARS. Software is being incorporated in the modules by UF to predict the breeding speed of selected insect species. This project is moving slowly because of lack of funding, however field-ready models will soon be ready for evaluation.


Last Modified: 11/27/2014
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