The International Symposium on the Asian Tiger Mosquito
Mark P. Nelder, PhD
The Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University will be hosting “The International Symposium on the Asian Tiger Mosquito,” February 12-13, 2009.
The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is among the most invasive of all species, and without question the most invasive of all mosquitoes. Aedes albopictus is one of the most important biting pest in the United States and a competent laboratory vector of over 30 arboviruses. If introduced in to the U.S., viruses such as Rift Valley fever and chikungunya would have enormous agricultural and public health implications.
The Symposium’s overall goal is to set the future direction for Asian tiger mosquito research by identifying and proposing solutions to important obstacles in the study and control of these highly invasive pests. Eighteen leaders in the field of Asian tiger mosquito research have been invited from nine countries. The meeting will be strongly interdisciplinary, bringing together workers from industry, extension, government, academia, and mosquito control agencies.
Participants will identify research problems to be resolved, work out potential solutions to these challenges, and how these new solutions might be implemented through collaborative multidisciplinary team efforts. The Symposium will provide opportunities for active participation by students, postdocs and others by offering poster presentations.
For information regarding poster presentations, please contact Kristen Bartlett-Healy. For further information regarding the Symposium, please contact, Mark P. Nelder, PhD, and visit http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~vbcenter/atmsymposium.php for future updates.
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