I am new here and I was wondering whether there are related 'spirits' in the
net. I am studying the host finding behavior of a South American bug called
Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera: Triatominae). The insect is an important vector
of Chagas' disease, a relative of the sleeping sickness. So far, I looked into
attractive odors, but I want to be more general in the future, and want to
learn about the role of other stimuli as well. I would be interested to
exchange views and knowledge with people studying similar topics in arthropod
pests and disease vectors. I am especially interested in the application of
this research in their biological control, as well as the biological control
of parasites in general. And because I need a break from all those mammalian
host odors every once and a while, I am also interested the application of
essential oils from aromatic plants (not only) in pest and parasite control.
Institut fuer Zoologie
email: andreas.rose at biologie.uni-regensburg.de
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