Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit
Project Number: 6036-32000-050-01
Start Date: Feb 01, 2010
End Date: Feb 01, 2015
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.