Monthly Archives: October 2014

Tigers finding hidden tigers

SpringStar (Seattle, WA) visited CVB 28-29 October for meetings to discuss their Option to License for the center’s pyriproxyfen autodisemmination station. Topics included research progress review, station design, formulation, ease of manufacturing and EPA registration. If all goes well, the station will become a commercial product in 2016. The SpringStar representatives also stopped at Mercer County Mosquito Control to visit the field test plots with CVB member and collaborator Dr. Isik Unlu.

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Top Row: Drs Randy Gaugler, Lisa Reed, Kshitil Chandel, Yi Wang, Michael Banfield (SpringStar) Bottom Row: (SpringStar), Isik Unlu, Elizabeth Schaafsma (SpringStar), Devi Suman.

For more information on autodisemmination and using mosquitoes to deliver control agents, see the publication Wang Y, Suman DS, Bertrand J, Dong L and R Gaugler. 2013 Dual-treatment autodissemination station with enhanced transfer of an insect growth regulator to mosquito oviposition sites (238k PDF) Pest Manag Sci: DOI 10.1002/ps.3702.

 

 

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The first post to Rutgers Center for Vector Biology’s new blog.

Welcome and we hope to provide you with information and ideas about vectors and the diseases they may carry. Our emphasis may start out locally in New Jersey, but we like to think about global impacts as well.

Today the last NJ adult mosquito surveillance report will go online: http://vectorbio.rutgers.edu/surveillance.php

Recently, our weather has become much cooler and with shortening days, mosquito activity has dropped considerably. This season is a couple of weeks shorter than the previous several years. Follow the above link to see the most recent report, or you can access reports from years past.