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Learning and memory in disease vectors

McCall, Philip ORCID: and Kelly, D. W. (2002) 'Learning and memory in disease vectors'. Trends in Parasitology, Vol 18, Issue 10, pp. 429-433.

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All animals can learn to some extent and it should not be surprising to discover that important vectors can also be influenced by experience. The potential effect of memory on vector behaviour, particularly vectorial capacity, has barely been investigated. Yet, how a population of blood-feeding insects distributes between available resources has important epidemiological consequences. Several recent studies have shown that behaviour during oviposition site-selection, host location and even host choice can be influenced by the environment or by experience after eclosion. The significance of these studies and their consequences for epidemiology and control are considered here.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 600 Insect control. Tick control
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 650 Insect vectors
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Vector Group
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Depositing User: Martin Chapman
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2013 16:33
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:05


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