In laboratory tests, scientists used SGHV-infected house flies collected from livestock farms in Denmark and a strain of Florida house fly--"Orlando normal"--reared at CMAVE
Much of the DWFP research takes place in the Mosquito and Fly Research Unit at CMAVE, where research leader Gary Clark; entomologists Dan Kline, Jerry Hogsette, Chris Geden, and James Becnel; and Bernier evaluate insecticides in the later stages of development and design innovative technology to fight biting insects and other pests.
Another team member, entomologist Sandra Allan in the Insect Behavior and Biocontrol Research Unit at CMAVE, is using toxic sugar-based baits to lure and kill mosquitoes.
In addition, Oi and CMAVE
colleagues Sanford Porter and Steven Valles were able to get K.
invictae--alone or in combination--are associated with localized declines of 53-100 percent in fire ant populations in Argentina," says CMAVE
entomologist David Oi.
One of them, Thelohania solenopsae, is being investigated by CMAVE
scientists David Oi and Steven Valles and by Juan Briano at ARS's South American Biological Control Laboratory (SABCL) in Hurlingham, Argentina.
Jerry Hogsette, an entomologist at CMAVE
, will do the same for house flies, which spread a variety of diarrheal agents.
researchers learned they could infect colonies by introducing brood infected with T.
Trap catch is also related to temperature and other characteristics of the insect's environment, such as grain moisture content and the amount of open space between grain kernels, says Arbogast, who is also based at CMAVE
Surfaces of the floors and table tops in all 3 rearing areas, each in separate buildings at CMAVE
were found contaminated with SINV-3 (mean 83%, n = 15).
Since the mid-1980s, many cockroach controls marketed for use in homes and commercial establishments have been based in part on CMAVE
research, including Combat, Avert, and Max.
, Tallahassee, Florida and Juang-Horng Chong, Clemson University for their help with the statistical analyses.