Culicoides are a genus of biting midges found around the world. In addition to the nuisance value of species such as the Scottish Highlands midge (Culicoides impunctatus), some species can transmit veterinary diseases such as bluetongue, African horse sickness and Onchocerca cervicalis. The study of Culicoides distribution, activity and taxonomy is therefore of considerable importance for farming and tourism. This was illustrated during the ongoing outbreak of BTV-8 in northern Europe, during which a shortage of entomological knowledge of Culicoides was a significant obstacle.
The Culicoides.NET website aims to collate and update information on Culicoides to help inform policy-makers, stakeholders, the general public and the media. It is maintained by staff at the Pirbright Institute, as part of their Vector-borne viral diseases (VVD) research programme.
The creators of the Culicoides.NET website would particularly like to thank Dr John Boorman for his support and the provision of information on the British Culicoides, without which this project could not have been achieved.
Culicoides photograph taken from Wilson, Darpel & Mellor (2008) "Where Does Bluetongue Virus Sleep in the Winter? " PLoS Biology 6(8), e210 [link to full text]
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Photographs and figures of Culicoides and related subjects.
Participants can choose which of these vector groups to focus on (mosquitoes, ticks, Culicoides or sand flies) and will be working with some of the leading international experts on vector control and vector ecology.
The programme will include an introductory lecture on the ecology of the vector in question, followed by two days of field work focusing on breeding and resting sites localisation, setting up traps, evaluation of the best surveillance method and the most effective control method for adults and/or larvae, and quantification and identification of specimens collected with adult traps.
One of the aims of the course is to give updated advice on guidelines, European norms on the use of adulticides and larvicides, GIS and GPS, and how to evaluate the efficacy of control treatments and their operational activities.
The two-day courses are being held on October 11 and 12 in Macedonia, Greece, just before the 19th E-SOVE conference, which runs from October 13 to 17 in the same location.
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