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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Future Research Plans in ARS

Author
item Skoda, Steven

Submitted to: APHIS-ARS-Mexico US Commission for the Eradication of Screwworm Meeting
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: March 28, 2000
Publication Date: March 28, 2000

Interpretive Summary: The following interpretive summary refers to the (4th of 6) invited oral presentations given by Dr. Skoda at the APHIS-ARS-Mexico US Commission for the Eradication of Screwworm Meeting, March 2000. Research for the next three to five years at the Midwest Livestock Insects Research Unit was outlined. The field identification kit will be developed, field tested, and deployed. Genetic variability of screwworms from different geographic areas will be determined with a goal of discovering the source of new screwworm outbreaks. The techniques for cryopreservation of screwworms eggs will be optimized. Selection for an insecticide resistant strain of screwworms will continue for a limited time after which other avenues will be explored for use in developing a genetic sexing strain of screwworms. As always, we will respond to special requests from our customers in the Program for the Eradication of Screwworm.

Technical Abstract: The following technical abstract refers to the (4th of 6) invited oral presentations given by Dr. Skoda at the APHIS-ARS-Mexico US Commission for the Eradication of Screwworm Meeting, March 2000. Research for the next three to five years at the Midwest Livestock Insects Research Unit was outlined. The field identification kit will be developed, field tested, and deployed. Genetic variability of screwworms from different geographic areas will be determined with a goal of discovering the source of new screwworm outbreaks. The techniques for cryopreservation of screwworms eggs will be optimized. Selection for an insecticide resistant strain of screwworms will continue for a limited time after which other avenues will be explored for use in developing a genetic sexing strain of screwworms. As always, we will respond to special requests from our customers in the Program for the Eradication of Screwworm.

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