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The Vector Resource materials within BEI Resources aims to support research to discover new ways to prevent the spread of disease. Vectors—organisms that transmit pathogens to hosts—include mosquitoes, ticks, triatomine bugs, sand flies, black flies, tsetse flies, fleas, mites and certain freshwater snails. BEI Resources currently supplies mosquitoes, ticks, reduviids, sand flies and snails to researchers. We are looking to expand the current resource to include all of the vectors above.
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These protocols were assembled as a result of The Vector Biology Research Resources Workshop held in Bethesda, MD on June 12, 2015. Expert vector biologists who have extensive expertise in husbandry for their particular research organism gathered to discuss available standard operating procedures available and needs in this regard. It was concluded that uniform protocols, available from a centralized, highly reputable source, would be of tremendous value to the research community. The protocol you are using was written by these authors and peer-reviewed by the team of experts assembled for the workshop.
Methods in Anopheles Research Laboratory Manual. This insectary / laboratory protocols and reference guide was orginally produced for MR4 by Paul Howell and Mark Benedict and colleagues and is updated with new chapters and protocols (2015 edition, 408 pages, 12.5MB). Open the PDF link above directly in your network browser or right click (Windows users) and save to your local drive. The PDF contains bookmarks for navigation to individual chapters and sections.
Methods in Malaria Research, 6th Edition (2013), edited by Kirsten Moll, Inger Ljungström, Hedvig Perlmann, Artur Scherf and Mats Wahlgren. EVIMalaR, Glasgow, UK; BEI Resources/MR4, Manassas, VA USA (2013, 499 pp., 7.5MB). This widely used laboratory manual is updated occasionally. Open the PDF link above directly in your network browser or right click (Windows users) and save to your local drive. The PDF contains bookmarks for navigation to individual chapters and sections. If you have protocols you would like to submit to BEI Resources / MR4 for posting on the web and for consideration in future editions of the Methods manuals, or have other comments or suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Methods in Flea Research (3MB)
Methods in Tick Research (4.8MB)
Methods in Aedes Research (643KB)
Methods in Sand Fly Research (3.9MB)
Arthropod Containment Assurance - Sand Flies
Inquiries regarding the availability of live fleas may be placed with Joe Hinnebusch at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories.
Inquiries regarding Tsetse flies can be made to the Aksoy Lab at Yale School of Public Health.
Looking for Black Flies? University of Georgia Entomology Department scientists maintain the world’s oldest established reproductively isolated research colony of black flies, Simulium vittatum Zetterstedt cytospecies IS-7. The colony was initiated at Cornell University in 1981 and moved to UGA in 1991. Contact Elmer Gray for details.
Tick Cell Lines can be obtained from ATCC. A number of tick cell lines are also available through The Tick Cell Biobank housed at the University of Liverpool, UK.
University of Georgia Entomology Department scientists maintain the world’s oldest established reproductively isolated research colony of black flies, Simulium vittatum Zetterstedt cytospecies IS-7. The colony was initiated at Cornell University in 1981 and moved to UGA in 1991. Contact Elmer Gray for details.
An insecticide resistance testing service against insecticide susceptible and resistant mosquito stocks is now available at the Liverpool Insect Testing Establishment (LITE) through funding from IVCC (Innovative Vector Control Consortium).
Insect Genetic Technologies Research Coordination Network (IGTRCN)
The Armed Forces Pest Management Board Established in 1962 and includes 130,000 searchable PDFs, with large notable collections from prominent vector biologists and parasitologists.
The Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit
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