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Research Project: Biting Arthropod Surveillance and Control

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research

Title: Evaluation of relative effects of carbohydrate sources in yeast-fermentation CO2 generators on mosquito surveillance

Author
item Aldridge, Robert
item Tsikolia, Maia
item Allan, Sandra - Sandy
item Britch, Seth
item Linthicum, Kenneth - Ken

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/27/2015
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: In order to collect mosquitoes in remote locations that do not have access to attractive lures, such as CO2 (i.e., dry ice or compressed gas), a natural method to generate CO2 on-site has been developed. Our research explored alternative sugar sources such as honey, molasses, and granulated sugar used in a natural CO2 generation in the form of yeast used to ferment specific sugars. Initial results have been positive and we have been able to develop a yeast fermentor that can produce at least 0.2 liters of CO2 per minute regardless of the sugar source. Our early results indicate that there is no significant difference in capture rates of mosquitoes between the different sugar sources used for yeast fermentation.