IUBio Biosequences .. Software .. Molbio soft .. Network News .. FTP

[Q] cold trap

Robert Greer bobg at teleport.com
Wed Sep 13 00:58:45 EST 1995

In article 
<rose.486.3056EFC4 at alf1.ngate.uni-regensburg.de>,
   rose at alf1.ngate.uni-regensburg.de (Andreas Rose 
       t3077) wrote:
>I study the host-finding of a blood-sucking bug 
(Reduviidae - Triatominae). 
>I want to collect odors from the headspace of a 
sleeping person and see 
>whether these are attractive in a behavioral 
>For the collection of the odors, I want to 
construct a cold trap. I have a 
>general idea of what I'll to do: lead the air 
from the headspace first 
>through a washbottle that is cooled using 
ordinary ice. This will take out the 
>humidity and hopefully leave some odors in the 
air. Then I want to lead the 
>air through a container that is even colder, or 
maybe several containers. The 
>whole process will take a whole night, that is 
anything between 8 and 12 hours.
>I have the following questions: Has anybody done 
something similar? What 
>cooling agents are best  used for this (Dry ice 
or mixtures of dry ice and 
>alcohol or acetone - two possiblities I heard. 
Liquid nitrogen?)? 
>Any input is welcome, either as a PM or asa 

I understand that ticks, to name one sort of 
parasitic insect, are attracted by the carbon 
dioxide exhaled by sleeping or resting people.  
The ticks climb up out of the ground and hop on 
board when they enough CO2.

So a dry ice trap might not be very effective...  

V/H			| "Believe nothing you do not understand."
			| -- Peter Abelard
Bob Greer               | "Chance favors the prepared." -- Louis Pasteur

e-mail 	: bobg at teleport.com     | "Craps, anyone?" -- "God"
phone  	: 503-277-4820          |"If the sky falls, we shall catch larks..."
homepage: http://www.teleport.com/~bobg/           | -- Louis Lamour, in
                                                   | "Sackett's Land"
"I'm going to win the Lottery.  It'll be expensive; but I've just got
to have it!" -- Steve (my housemate)


More information about the Parasite mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net