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The Role of Carbon Dioxide in Host-Finding by Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae): A Review

Gillies, M.T. (1980) The Role of Carbon Dioxide in Host-Finding by Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae): A Review. Bulletin of Entomological Research , 70. pp. 525-532. ISSN 0007-4853

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From a critical review of the literature, it is concluded that the role of carbon dioxide in host-seeking by mosquitoes comprises two distinct actions. Firstly, it acts as an attractant’, orientation towards the host being mediated by kinesis and optomotor anemotaxis. When tested in the absence of moving air currents, orientation to the source is not possible and only the kinetic or activating effect is manifested. Moreover, in the absence of other host factors, sustained flight takes place only in response to intermittent pulses of carbon dioxide; this response is not elicited in uniformly permeated airstreams. Secondly, carbon dioxide has a combined action with warm moist convection currents

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Carbon Dioxide, Mosquitoes, Diptera, Culicidae, Anopheles Arabiensis
Subjects: Malaria > Vector control
Divisions: Other
Depositing User: Mr Joseph Madata
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2013 07:12
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2013 07:12

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