These studies address mosquito species extremely common in urban environments in New Jersey often with a worldwide distribution. Culex pipiens complex specimens are principal vectors of deadly diseases such as lymphatic filariasis, West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis, as well as avian malaria. This species complex serves as a model for mosquito domestication and the evolution of introduced vector-mediated infectious diseases. We will contrast the Cx. pipiens complex with Culex restuans, a US endemic species that occurs from Canada to Central America, and is a critical enzootic encephalitis vector. The results of this research will therefore provide needed insights into other Culex-borne pathogens like Rift Valley Fever and Japanese encephalitis viruses, which are important NIAID Category A and B priority agents that represent serious threats to the US. Furthermore, analyses of the two invasive Aedes species will provide a high-resolution examination of the spatial and temporal dynamics of newly introduced disease vectors and the full impact of multiple introductions.
|Effective start/end date||10/1/07 → 9/30/12|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))