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Development of an Oviposition Attractive Blend for the Surveillance and Control of the Sand Fly Phlebotomus papatasi, the Vector of Old-world Zoonotic Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

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Award date: 
Oct 23, 2012
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Organization name: 
UNC - Greensboro
Principal Investigator: 
Wasserberg, Gideon
Grant program category: 
Research and Equipment Support
Grant program name: 
Multidisciplinary Research Grant

By developing an optimal attractant blend we will set the stage for the development of an attract-and-kill oviposition (egg-laying) trap and improve surveillance of sand-fly borne diseases, especially Leishmaniasis. By targeting pregnant females, attract-and-kill oviposition traps could simultaneously affect disease transmission and sand-fly population amplification by reducing the abundance of blood-fed females. Sand fly control will significantly improve the health of overseas military personnel and have a major impact on the biodefense industry in NC.

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