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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: Livestock Arthropod Pests Research

Project Number: 3094-32000-042-61-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2020
End Date: Jun 30, 2021

Objective:
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.

Approach:
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.