Ecological and public health aspects of stable flies (Diptera :muscidae): microbial interactions
This research identified specific bacterial species from the surface of stable fly eggs which are suspected of releasing chemical cues used to induce gravid females to oviposit at sites where eggs have been deposited and inhibit additional deposition of eggs in the same habitat when it is already colonized. My research also showed that stable fly and house fly larvae tend to be aggregated in distribution, even in apparently homogenous habitats, and to be spatially segregated from each other. Finally, I evaluated the vector competence of stable flies for an emerging food-borne pathogen, Enterobacter sakazakii, showing that this fly species is potentially a good vector for this pathogen.
School:Kansas State University
School Location:USA - Kansas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:stable fly house biology entomology 0353
Date of Publication:01/01/2006