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Exploring the Mosquito-Arbovirus Network: A Survey of Vector Competence Experiments

Arthropod-borne (arbo-) viruses face evolutionary pressures that favor generalism in the range of both vertebrate hosts and arthropod vectors that they can use. That flexibility can pose a particular problem for public health, as it both enables their spread into new locations and ecosystems and adds a layer of unpredictability to their dynamics upon arrival.

Extensive regional variation in the phenology of insects and their response to temperature across North America

Climate change models often assume similar responses to temperatures across the range of a species, but local adaptation or phenotypic plasticity can lead plants and animals to respond differently to temperature in different parts of their range. To date, there have been few tests of this assumption at the scale of continents, so it is unclear if this is a large-scale problem.

Characterizing the Vector Data Ecosystem 

A growing body of information on vector-borne diseases has arisen as increasing research focus has been directed towards the need for anticipating risk, optimizing surveillance, and understanding the fundamental biology of vector-borne diseases to direct control and mitigation efforts. The scope and scale of this information, in the form of data, comprising database efforts, data storage, and serving approaches, means that it is distributed across many formats and data types.

More nitrogen in mosquito diet reduces its ability to transmit Zika

Feed mosquitoes more nitrogen when they’re young, and the adults are less likely to transmit the Zika virus, University of Florida scientists say. Now, researchers want to know why, and they’re determined to discover how the findings can help further their research into the dangerous virus.