A highly stable blood meal alternative for rearing Aedes and Anopheles mosquitoes

Baughman, Ted, Peterson, Chelsea, Ortega, Corrie, Preston, Sarah R., Paton, Christopher, Williams, Jessica, Guy, Amy, Omodei, Gavin, Johnson, Brian, Williams, Helen, O'Neill, Scott L., Ritchie, Scott A., Dobson, Stephen L., and Madan, Damian (2017) A highly stable blood meal alternative for rearing Aedes and Anopheles mosquitoes. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11 (12).

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Abstract

We investigated alternatives to whole blood for blood feeding of mosquitoes with a focus on improved stability and compatibility with mass rearing programs. In contrast to whole blood, an artificial blood diet of ATP-supplemented plasma was effective in maintaining mosquito populations and was compatible with storage for extended periods refrigerated, frozen, and as a lyophilized powder. The plasma ATP diet supported rearing of both Anopheles and Aedes mosquitoes. It was also effective in rearing Wolbachia-infected Aedes mosquitoes, suggesting compatibility with vector control efforts.

Item ID: 53866
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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© 2017 Baughman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/], which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

ISSN: 1935-2735
Funders: Global Good Fund I, Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment, Innovative Vector Control Consortium
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 22:53
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) @ 100%
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