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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 53-55

The basic rules and methods of mosquito rearing (Aedes aegypti)


1 Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Kottigepalya, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Pharmacology, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Kottigepalya, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Hashmat Imam
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Kottigepalya, Magadi Main Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5070.129167

PMID: 24754030

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The rearing of Aedes mosquitoes is complex and demanding for several reasons. Aedes larvae are affected by temperature, density and available nutrition, mating is not necessarily accomplished naturally and females need a blood meal to develop eggs. The climate chambers where the mosquitoes are kept are warm and sweaty. Due to these tropical conditions the larvae develop fast and need to be cared for daily. The Laboratory of Entomology in National Institute of Malaria Research Bangalore has cultured different colonies of different vectors successfully. In this paper, we discuss different aspects off the rearing process which affect mosquito fitness and are of importance for the quality of fundamental and applied research.


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