DNA barcoding and surveillance sampling strategies for Culicoides biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in southern India

Lara E Harrup, Swathi Laban, Bethan V Purse, Yarabolu Krishnamohan Reddy, Yella Narasimha Reddy, Sonnahallipura Munivenkatappa Byregowda, Naveen Kumar, Kondappa Muniramaiah Purushotham, Shrikant Kowalli, Minakshi Prasad, Gaya Prasad, Alison A Bettis, Rien De Keyser, James Logan, Claire Garros, David Gopurenko, Glenn A Bellis, Karien Labuschagne, Bruno Mathieu, Simon Carpenter

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Abstract

Culicoides spp. biting midges transmit bluetongue virus (BTV), the aetiological agent of bluetongue (BT), an economically important disease of ruminants. In southern India, hyperendemic outbreaks of BT exert high cost to subsistence farmers in the region, impacting on sheep production. Effective Culicoides spp. monitoring methods coupled with accurate species identification can accelerate responses for minimising BT outbreaks. Here, we assessed the utility of sampling methods and DNA barcoding for detection and identification of Culicoides spp. in southern India, in order to provide an informed basis for future monitoring of their populations in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalParasites and Vectors
Volume9
Issue number461
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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