Technology for automated real-time counting and identification of adult mosquitoe

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$143,368.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43AI063716-01A2
Award Id:
85248
Agency Tracking Number:
AI063716
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
APTIV, INC., 2828 SW CORBETT AVE, STE 114, PORTLAND, OR, 97201
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
787874325
Principal Investigator:
PHILIPP KIRSCH
(971) 327-7129
SEMIOCHEM@AOL.COM
Business Contact:
PHILIPP KIRSCH
() -
candacec@aptivinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Arthropod vector control programs are dependent on timely information about mosquito activity, phenology and distribution that informs integrated pest management decision making. Vector control programs currently utiliz e trapping technology that targets adult host seeking behaviour (CO2, octenol, lactic acid etc. baited traps, with or without light) or adult oviposition behaviour (Culex gravid traps, Aedes ovitraps). These technologies require time consuming identificati on of adults or rearing of eggs for larval identification to species. This application will develop much needed automated vector identification and remote activity monitoring tools that deliver real-time species identification of flying mosquitoes. Our lab or-saving automated mosquito monitoring system integrates electronic photo-sensors with computer-analysis software to quantify and classify wing-beat signatures. This amazingly sensitive and rapidly responding novel sensor detects minute changes in light i ntensity that wings and other moving body parts of nearby flying insects cause to incident light falling on a photocell. Insects are characterized on the basis of primary wing-beat frequency and ratios of harmonics. To date this equipment has been applied by the inventor, Dr. Aubrey Moore, only to the automated laboratory identification and quantification of a few aphids and mosquitoes, and by APTIV scientists to laboratory classification of several Aedes and Culex species as well as lepidopteran pests in a griculture. NSF have recently funded design and development of second generation instrumentation that upgrades this system. In consultation with the inventor and cooperation with Dr.s Charles Apperson (NCSU) and Eric Wan (OHSU-OGI), we will instrument conv entional mosquito trapping systems with the second generation technology to deliver upgraded surveillance traps for real-time detection, reporting and unattended remote sensing of adult mosquitoes in flight. This application will couple novel autom ated vector identification and remote activity instrumentation to standard adult mosquito monitoring technology for mosquito vector control applications. Mosquitoes are very important vectors of several deadly viruses, as demonstrated by the rapid spread o f West Nile Virus through North America via a combination of bird movement and local amplification through mosquitoes. This project aims to develop automated flight activity sampling technology by adapting current traps with electronic sensors. Public heal th vector control specialists are very supportive of the proposed work plan and technology.

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