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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 106, No. 6, 2011, pp. 731-734
Bioline Code: oc11123
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 106, No. 6, 2011, pp. 731-734

 en How to increase the population of a Phlebotomus perniciosus check for this species in other resources (Diptera: Psychodidae) colony: a new method
Alarcón-Elba, Pedro; Montoliu, Begoña; Pina,Rocío; Delacour-Estrella, Sarah; Ruiz-Arrondo, Ignacio; Peribáñez, Miguel; Blas, Ignacio; Molina, Ricardo; Castillo, Juan; Diéguez-Fernández, Lorenzo & Lucientes, Javier


The sandfly Phlebotomus perniciosus check for this species in other resources is the most widespread vector of Leishmania infantum check for this species in other resources in Spain. Laboratory colonisation represents the most feasible source of information on the biology of these insects, but in conducting any study, the density of individuals in the colony may drop to such an extent that it is sometimes difficult to recover the initial population levels. A new technique was tested for the recovery of sandfly eggs in three different colonies; the recovery rate was studied by comparing the standard method of mass rearing with this new method of colony management. The results demonstrate a mean increase of 18.4% in adult production, a growth in colony productivity that justifies the inclusion of this process in the routine maintenance of any colony of sandflies.

Phlebotomus perniciosus, Leishmania infantum, sandfly, eggs recovery, colony productivity, Spain

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