Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Kanya C. Long

Abstract

Mosquitoes serve as the primary mode of transmission for many tropical infections such as Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, dengue virus, and malaria. Therefore, mosquitoes are an important area of study for disease control. This study is part of a larger goal to examine the differences in gut microbiota of Culex melanoconion species across two different habitats: periuban and rural. Mosquitoes were collected from locations around Iquitos, Peru and their gut bacterial DNA was extracted and analyzed. Based on previous studies, it is believed that the bacterial flora will differ among mosquitoes reared in different locations.

Subject Area

Mosquitoes--Peru--Iquitos., Mosquitoes as carriers of disease., Culex--Peru--Iquitos.

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