Title

Molecular Detection of Dog Heart Worm in Mosquitoes in the San Joaquin Valley

Poster Number

54

Lead Author Major

Biological Sciences

Format

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Kirkwood Land

Faculty Mentor Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract/Artist Statement

Mosquitos and ticks are common vectors of microbial diseases. Of particular interest to pet owners is their ability to carry the common dog heartworm Dirofilaria immits, which can cause premature death in companion animals. Mosquitos are relatively understudied as a vector for D. immitis and existing detection systems for the presence of these parasites could be adapted to study them in mosquitos. We plan to use a variety of techniques to analzye mosquitoes and to identify D. immitis in mosquitoes from the San Joaquin Valley. This project can help us to understand how mosquitoes ticks transmit this parasite.

Location

Grave Covell

Start Date

21-4-2012 10:00 AM

End Date

21-4-2012 12:00 PM

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Molecular Detection of Dog Heart Worm in Mosquitoes in the San Joaquin Valley

Grave Covell

Mosquitos and ticks are common vectors of microbial diseases. Of particular interest to pet owners is their ability to carry the common dog heartworm Dirofilaria immits, which can cause premature death in companion animals. Mosquitos are relatively understudied as a vector for D. immitis and existing detection systems for the presence of these parasites could be adapted to study them in mosquitos. We plan to use a variety of techniques to analzye mosquitoes and to identify D. immitis in mosquitoes from the San Joaquin Valley. This project can help us to understand how mosquitoes ticks transmit this parasite.