December 29, 2017
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

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

Baughman, T, Peterson, C, Ortega, C, Preston, SR, Paton, C, Williams, J, Guy, A, Omodei, G, Johnson, B, Williams, H, O’Neill, SL, Ritchie, SA, Dobson, SL, and D Madan.

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 and mosquitoes. It was also effective in rearing -infected mosquitoes, suggesting compatibility with vector control efforts.AedesWolbachia

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