Impact of geographic location on mosquito microbiota

Ephantus J. Muturi, Christopher Dunlap, Jose L. Ramirez, Alejandro P. Rooney, Chang-Hyun Kim

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The microbial communities inhabiting the mosquito body play an import role in host biology and are considered potential tools for mosquito control. However, the forces that shape these microbial communities are poorly understood. To gain a better understanding of how host geography influences the composition and diversity of mosquito microbiota, we performed a survey of whole-body microbial communities in mosquito samples collected from six U.S. states using HiSeq sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene. The microbial composition and diversity was heavily influenced by the site of mosquito collection, suggesting that host geography plays an important role in modulating the mosquito microbiota. Geographic variations in microbial composition and diversity in mosquitoes may have important implications on vector competence and transmission dynamics of mosquito-borne pathogens.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe 2018 International Congress of Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control and the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology August 12-16, 2018, QT Gold Coast
StatePublished - 2018


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