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Research Project: Assessment Simulation Tools for Integrated Tick Management of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) Microplus in Puerto Rico

Location: Livestock Arthropod Pests Research

Project Number: 3094-32000-039-60-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2016
End Date: Aug 31, 2019

Objective:
Reduce the cost of pasture quarantine by developing new methods of treating cattle. Evaluate efficacy of novel technologies for control of CFT and mitigation of acaricide resistance. Develop methods that decrease the impact of wildlife as CFT reservoirs. Develop methods that decrease the impact of wildlife as CFT reservoirs. Improve species distribution and ecological niche models of CFT species, and specify changes that may occur due to climate change.

Approach:
Evaluate the efficacy of novel long-acting (LA) acaricides for CFT control. Detect tick infestation by non-invasive procedures. Evaluate natural products with acaricidal properties for tick control. Evaluate natural products with repellent or attractant properties for tick control. Evaluate efficacy of anti-tick vaccine formulations for control of ticks on wildlife. Update and mine the historical CFT GIS database to produce maps and tools to support APHIS eradication efforts. Assess effect of climate change predictions on recurring cycles of CFT outbreak activity.