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Method for Control of Biting Midges Using Odor-Baited Traps

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
55112
Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2001-03218
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
American Biophysics Corporation
2240 South County Trail East Greenwich, RI 02818
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Method for Control of Biting Midges Using Odor-Baited Traps
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2001-33610-11083
Award Amount: $240,827.00
 

Abstract:

We propose to develop a method of trapping biting midges including Culicoides. Biting midges are economically important insect pests. Their presence in large numbers can have a detrimental impact on land development and tourism. In addition, these insects are the vector of bluetongue, an arbovirus which is transmitted in cattle and sheep during repeated blood-feeding by biting flies. Our approach is to identify attractants used by Culicoides locate potential vertebrate hosts. In Phase I of this grant, we identified and characterized the carbon dioxide receptor neuron found in sensilla on the maxillary palps of this insect. However, these maxillary palps sensilla were not sensitive to any other chemical tested. Therefore, in Phase II, we will continue these electrophysiological studies on the antenna. We expect to locate neurons sensitive to other chemical attractants. Concurrent with these studies, we propose a series of field test aimed at determining what signals Culicoides use to orient to host. Such studies will lead to the development of an effective trap for Culicoides and should be useful for control of this economically- important pest species.

Principal Investigator:

Alan J. Grant
4018843500
AGrant@MosquitoMagnet.com

Business Contact:

Emma A. Durand
Vice President Engineering
4018843500
MosquitoMagnet.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

American Biophysics Corporation
2240 South County Trail East Greenwich, RI 02818

EIN/Tax ID: 050457532
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No