Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/20/2013
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Phlebotomine sand flies, including Phlebotomus papatasi, are important blood feeders and vectors that transmit the disease agents (Leishmania) that cause Leishmaniasis. Deployed U.S. Military Personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan suffered from sand fly bites and the disease they transmit. A USDA-DoD joint research program has been in place to develop more effective sand fly control strategies to protect deployed US War-fighters. The work at USDA-ARS Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory in Kerrville, Texas, focuses on three research areas: (1) laboratory evaluation of new compounds for insecticidal effects and repellency against sand flies; (2) development of new insecticide formulations that can improve control efficacy; and (3) development of rapid molecular diagnostic tools for detection of insecticide resistance in sand flies. This poster presentation summarizes the most recent progresses on insecticide toxicity bioassays and molecular characterization of insecticide targets in P. papatasi. This work is supported by the USDA-DoD Deployed War-Fighters Protection Program (DWFP).