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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Biological Control of Mosquitoes and Other Diptera of Medical and Veterinary Importance

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit

Project Number: 6615-32000-045-10
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 01, 2010
End Date: Feb 01, 2015

Objective:
1. Discover new biological control agents in Brazil from Diptera of medical and veterinary importance. 2. Evaluate biological control agents for Diptera and other vector species in Brazil and the United States.

Approach:
1. Isolate, identify and develop new agents for the biological control of important Diptera such as Aedes aegypti, Culex and Anopheles spp. Information on the complex of natural control agents for each mosquito species will be catalogued and include but not restricted to mosquito pathogenic viruses, protozoa (microsporidia), bacteria, fungi and nematodes. New molecular probes will be developed and utilized for virus discovery. Technology developed by ARS will be employed to amplify and categorize newly found pathogens for further evaluation. 2. Conduct laboratory and field tests with new biological control agents to determine efficacy for the control of dipteran species that are vectors of diseases. Strategies to be investigated will be the use of biological control agents as part of an integrated mosquito management program to effectively control important vectors where specificity, recycling and resistance management are key objectives.

Last Modified: 8/22/2014
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