DEVELOPMENTAL HISTORY HAS FITNESS CONSEQUENCES FOR ADULT MOSQUITOES AND EVEN POTENTIALLY THEIR OFFSPRING. ADULT BODY SIZE CAN ALTER THE BITE RATE AND INFLUENCE TRANSMISSION OF PATHOGENS.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS THAT IMPACT MOSQUITO DEVELOPMENT


MOSQUITOES ARE PRESENT ALL AROUND THE WORLD, WITH DOZENS OF SPECIES ACTING AS VECTORS OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL DISEASE CAUSING PATHOGENS. DIFFERENT SPECIES ARE WELL ADAPTED TO VERY DIFFERENT HABITATS. EVEN POPULATIONS WITHIN SPECIES CAN SHOW DIFFERENT ADAPTATIONS TO TEMPERATURE RANGES, EXHIBITING DEVELOPMENTAL PLASTICITY IN RESPONSE TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE. FOLLOW THE FICTIONAL ACCOUNT OF ONE LARVA'S LIFE TO EXPLORE THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE AQUATIC ENVIRONMENT THAT INFLUENCE MOSQUITOES.

DEVELOPMENTAL TRAITS VARY NOT ONLY WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS, BUT ALSO ECOLOGICAL FACTORS SUCH AS INTRASPECIFIC OR INTER-SPECIFIC COMPETITION, INTERACTIONS WITH PLANTS, PREDATORS, AND EVEN PLANT-PREDATORS.

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WE ARE EXPLORING PLANT-INSECT INTERACTIONS IN MOSQUITOES AND THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THEIR VECTORIAL CAPACITY. SPECIFICALLY, OUR RESEARCH CENTERS ON THE DIRECT AND INDIRECT IMPACTS OF A PLANT PREDATOR CALLED THE COMMON BLADDERWORT (UTRICULARIA MACRORHIZA) WITH AN AIM TO DETERMINE ITS POTENTIAL FOR BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF MOSQUITO VECTORS.

COURET 2013 META-ANALYSIS OF FACTORS AFFECTING ONTOGENETIC DEVELOPMENT RATE IN THE CULEX PIPIENS COMPLEX. ENVIRONMENTAL ENTOMOLOGY. 42 (4), 614-626.

COURET, J, BENEDICT, MQ. 2014. META-ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AFFECTING DEVELOPMENT RATE AND SURVIVAL IN AEDES AEGYPTI. BMC ECOLOGY 14(3):1-15.

COURET, J, BENEDICT MQ, DOSTON, EM. 2014. TEMPERATURE, DENSITY, AND DIET INTERACT TO

INFLUENCE LARVAL DEVELOPMENT OF AEDES AEGPYTI. PLOS ONE 9(2), E87468.

YOSHIOKA, M; COURET, J; KIM, et al. 2012. DIET AND DENSITY COMPETITION AFFECT LARVAL PERFORMANCE  AND OVIPOSITION SITE SELECTION IN THE MOSQUITO SPECIES AEDES ALBOPICTUS (DIPTERA: CULICIDAE). PARASITES AND VECTORS. 5:225.

RESEARCH FEATURE

LEVERAGING AQUATIC PLANT PREDATORY PLANTS FOR BIOLOGICAL CONTROL

OUR MOSQUITO RESEARCH CENTERS ON SPECIES THAT TRANSMIT HUMAN PATHOGENS. WE EXPLORE THE IMPACT OF ECOLOGICAL INTERACTIONS INCLUDING PREDATION, AND COMPETITION ON LARVAL DEVELOPMENT AND SURVIVAL. UNDERSTANDING THE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY OF MOSQUITO VECTORS IMPROVES OUR ABILITY TO DETECT AND CONTROL MOSQUITO-BORNE PATHOGENS.


VECTOR ECOLOGY CAN BE APPLIED TO DEVELOP OF EFFICIENT AND NOVEL METHODS IN THE CONTROL OF MOSQUITO VECTORS (SEE RESEARCH FEATURE ON AQUATIC PREDATORY PLANTS: BLADDERWORTS FOR BIOCONTROL!)

COMPETITION BETWEEN MOSQUITO SPECIES OCCUPYING THE SAME HABITATS CAN ALSO HEAVILY INFLUENCE DEVELOPMENTAL AND ADULT FITNESS.


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