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Research Project: Microbial Diversity Associated with Livestock Pests Across Ecosystems

Location: Livestock Arthropod Pests Research

Project Number: 3094-32000-039-61-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

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

Objective:
Apply latest DNA sequencing technology to assess microbial diversity in or on livestock pests inhabiting different ecosystems.

Approach:
This research is a continuation of our previous work on the preliminary assessment of the microbiome associated with the southern cattle fever tick and the horn fly. We will use the latest DNA sequencing technology available through this collaboration to: 1) compare the microbiome associated with populations of ticks and biting flies collected from livestock and other domestic animals living in tropical and subtropical ecosystems; 2) take advantage of access to these samples for deep sequencing, and to assess the diversity of other microbes associated with those pests affecting animal health and production; 3) compare the microbiome to pest population traits in effort to identify trends related to host parasitism and pathogenicity that may be influenced by habitat characteristics and climate variability.