Host location and selection by British Culicoides species associated with farms

Hope, Andrew
Host location and selection by British Culicoides species associated with farms. PhD thesis, University of Liverpool.

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Culicoides biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) are biological vectors of economically important arboviruses of livestock. Two such arboviruses, bluetongue virus (BTV) and Schmallenberg virus (SBV) have recently emerged in northern Europe inflicting unprecedented outbreaks of disease in this region. The aim of the current investigation was to explore both host seeking behaviour and surveillance methods for livestock-associated Culicoides species in the UK. To achieve this aim, a series of field-based, manipulative experiments were conducted using three farm sites in southern England. These studies demonstrated that host preference had a significant impact upon several parameters important in determining arbovirus transmission. Culicoides were found to be differentially attracted to different breeds of sheep (p

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: Date: 2013-09 (completed)
Subjects: ?? SF ??
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences > School of Veterinary Science
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2015 12:49
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2022 04:41
DOI: 10.17638/00016273