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

Ted Baughman, Chelsea Peterson, Corrie Ortega, Sarah R. Preston, Christopher Paton, Jessica Williams, Amy Guy, Gavin Omodei, Brian Johnson, Helen Williams, Scott L. O'Neill, Scott A. Ritchie, Stephen L. Dobson, Damian Madan

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

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e0006142
    Number of pages13
    JournalPLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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