- Chris Arme, Keele University
ResearchThis study analyses historical survey data pertaining to A. lumbricoides, T. trichiura and hookworm in Bolivia. Rigorous geostatistical variable selection identifies the most important predictors of the infection transmission and Bayesian geostatistical models predict the geographical distribution of the risk of each infection, and assess treatment needs and costs of intervention. Image: Predicted A. lumbricoides infection risk from 1995 onwards, in Bolivia.
Short reportWe here resample a unique dataset to explore the impact of temporal and spatial variation on light trap sampling of Culicoides vectors near grazing animals. Image:The CDC 4 W light trap used in this study.
ResearchWe have developed and applied Ensemble*, a novel classifier for finding G Protein-Coupled Receptor (GPCR) in insect vector genomes, to Ae. aegypti, An. gambiae, and Pe. humanus. We identified 30 additional putative GPCRs, 19 of which we validated. Expression of the newly discovered Ae. aegypti GPCR genes was confirmed via quantitative RT-PCR. Image: Octopamine receptor in An gambiae.
Short reportThis study intimately profiles Rickettsia felis dissemination in Ctenocephalides felis, cat fleas and further illuminates the mechanisms of rickettsial transmission in nature. Image: Rickettsial invasion of the cat flea gut.
ResearchWe report a role of B lymphocytes in immunity against invasion of adult Strongyloides venezuelensis and in its expulsion, together with the already known role of mucosal mast cells and eosinophils. Image: Intestinal epithelium after S. venezuelensis adult worm implantation, showing cut section in adult worms. Large numbers of eosinophils are seen in the epithelium and in the lamina propria.
ResearchBoth WHO and CDC bioassays give similar results with regard to mosquito susceptibility to insecticides in southern Benin. There is a complementarity between both methods, however, some specificities were noted for each. Image: Comparison of the standard WHO susceptibility tests and the CDC bottle bioassay : :
ReviewWe reviewed diversity and functions of mosquito-associated bacteria. New opportunities for exploiting bacterial function for vector control are highlighted. Image: The endosymbiotic bacterium Wolbachia in the cytoplasm of a cell of Aedes albopictus.
ResearchThis study was conducted to measure Biogents-SentinelTM (BGS) recapture rates of Aedes aegypti to create a push-pull mechanism that will reduce the probability of human-vector contact. Image: Screen house.
ResearchExposure to pyriproxyfen for 30 minutes at 3 mg AI/m2 is shown to sterilise Anopheles arabiensis when exposed the day after blood-feeding during their egg development/resting phase. Optimisation of pyriproxyfen exposure could lead to a novel mosquito sterilisation method for malaria vector control. Image: Anopheles arabiensis undergoing exposure to pyriproxyfen or control conditions via treated glass bottles.
ResearchThis study shows the recently endemic characteristics of infantile visceral leishmaniasis in China, which has been ignored for some time and emerged as a severe threat to infants in endemic areas. Image: A courtyard in Kashgar, where unprotected infants were exposed in summer.
ResearchFish raised in aquaculture ponds are often infected with fish-borne zoonotic trematodes and we tried to use black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) for biological control of the intermediate host snails in nursery ponds in Northern Vietnam. The black carp consumes large amounts of freshwater snails and does reduce snail density in these ponds. Image: Pharyngeal teeth of black carp.
ResearchTransmission dynamics of S. japonicum to account for seasonal variation and the effectiveness of the control strategy adopted in Xingzi county, China were introduced, after the explicit formula of the basic reproduction ratio for the SV-modified Barbour?s model was derived. Image: The main definitive bovine host of Schistosoma japonicum in marshland of Xingzi country, China.
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Aims & scope
Manuscripts on all aspects of the basic and applied biology of parasites, intermediate hosts, vectors and vector-borne pathogens will be considered. In addition to the traditional and well-established areas of science in these fields, we also aim to provide a vehicle for publication of the rapidly developing resources and technology in parasite, intermediate host and vector genomics and their impacts on biological research. We are able to publish movies and also large datasets and extensive results, frequently associated with genomic and post-genomic technologies, which are not readily accommodated in traditional journals. Manuscripts addressing broader issues, for example economics, social sciences and global climate change in relation to parasites, vectors and disease control, are also welcomed.
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- 24 May 2013
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- 08 May 2013
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Last updated: 1 May 2013
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