Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract only
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/29/2006
Publication Date: 1/29/2006
Citation: Linthicum, K. 2006. New Mosquito Repellant and Control Products from the USDA. Proc. of the 74th Annual Conf Mosquito and Vector Control Association of Cailfornia. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE), US Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service conducts specific research directed at reducing or eliminating the harm caused by insects to humans, animals, and crops. CMAVE is an internationally renowned research institution that is located adjacent to the campus of the University of Florida. The Center has more than 200 personnel, including nearly 50 doctoral level scientists working in state-of-the-art laboratories and field sites throughout the United States and internationally. Research is directed not only at the insect pests such as mosquitoes themselves but also at pathogens they may transmit and at identifying inherent protective mechanisms in nature. The Center has five research units, and each unit has specific goals, there are several commonalities. CMAVE work emphasizes both control and prevention. Effective prevention depends on developing rapid, sensitive methods for detection and surveillance. Second, all our research includes a basic component, because historically the best methods of protection come from understanding how things work at the molecular level. Third, CMAVE work emphasizes biological and integrated pest management techniques that put less pressure on the environment and may be self-sustaining. As the only ARS laboratory studying mosquitoes, CMAVE does research directed at identification of insect pheromones and attractants that can be used in traps, the production of genetically altered insects for population eradication, the isolation of biological control agents, and the development of innovative methods of detecting mosquitoes in traps. All CMAVE scientists strive to develop biologically-based alternative controls, personal protection tools and new materials and methods for surveillance that fit into integrated pest abatement systems to control and prevent mosquito vectors. New mosquito repellant and control products will be described.