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Research Project: Population Genetic Analysis of Cattle Fever Ticks Collected at IBWC Land Adjacent to Falcon Lake in Zapata County, Texas

Location: Cattle Fever Tick Research Unit

Project Number: 3094-32000-042-061-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2020
End Date: Apr 30, 2022

Evaluate population level differences within cattle fever tick populations along the international border. Since these ticks have been collected from white-tailed deer, they may be genetically distinct from ticks collected from cattle.

Cooperator will receive ticks in alcohol that were originally collected by ARS in Zapata County, Texas, and stored in 70% alcohol. Initial DNA extractions will take place at USDA-ARS (Pullman, WA) and sent to NAU for genetic analysis. Genomic DNA will be isolated. NAU will use molecular tools to determine population level structuring of ticks on white-tailed deer along the international border.