Insects as Disease Vectors
Malaria, Dengue Fever, Chagas disease and West Nile Virus are a few well known pathogens transferred to human populations from insects. By assessing physiological traits of thermal tolerance and water balance or response to variation in the concentration of oxygen and carbon dioxide, it is possible to reveal and understand the factors that limit or enhance insect fitness and to develop pest management strategies to mitigate the spread of disease.
Important System Considerations
- Measurement and control of thermal range
- Measurement and control of atmospheric gas concentrations including water vapor
- Metabolic measurement
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