Establishing and maintaining arthropod biological resources of veterinary importance

Lead Research Organisation: The Pirbright Institute
Department Name: UNLISTED


IAH possesses unique colonies of both Culicoides biting midges and Ornithodorus soft ticks. These provide individuals of known physiological state and age, at all times of the year and in large numbers, sustaining work on the transmission of diseases of international importance, including bluetongue and African swine fever. We wish to expand these resources to include further vector-species of epidemiological interest to the UK by establishing colonies of mosquitoes, (including UK derived colonies) and potentially hard ticks or large biting flies that may be involved in mechanical transmission of pathogens. Establishing these colonies will include sourcing populations already adapted to laboratory conditions (where available), as well as using field-caught material to produce new lines. The person employed will receive training in producing cell lines from these organisms, as a further resource, and may be involved in selective breeding of the existing colonies.


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Description This grant maintains a range of arthropod colonies for use in experimental studies with a wide range of goals. I also funds the principal investigator of the group to carry out collaborative studies worldwide on biting midges, mosquitoes and ticks and to act as intellectual leadership for research in this area at the Pirbright Institute. The project's main outputs are peer reviewed publications involving both data production and reviews and engagement exercises.
Exploitation Route This grant is continued in the new Institute Strategic Programme Grant awarded to the Pirbright Institute.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Other

Description International Congress of Entomology (Florida) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chaired session and gave presentation on progress in Culicoides research. Largest ever meeting involving the Culicoides community with 100+ attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016