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REQUEST FOR SUPPORT – CULICOIDES FOR SPECIES IDENTIFICATION DATABASE

By Alec Gerry | April 20, 2017

 

 

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Colleagues,

Many of you were likely present at the International Congress of Entomology to hear Anca Paslaru (of the Institute of Parasitology, National Center for Vector Entomology, Switzerland) present her recent research using MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry (MS) to identify Culicoides to species.  You may remember from Anca’s presentation that this method worked well for species that were collected in Switzerland (see Kaufmann et al. 2012, DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-5-246).   This method has also been recently applied to sand flies (Mathis et al., 2015; DOI: 10.1186/s13071-015-0878-2).  The MALDI-TOF MS is apparently commonly used in Europe and can provide accurate, fast, and relatively inexpensive identification of insects to species.  There is currently a growing database of publicly accessible species profiles using the MALDI-TOF MS (list of species available at http://mabritec.com/insects-id.html).

To support development of this database, we ask that you submit any Culicoides species that you can collect.  Please submit a minimum of 5 voucher specimens – same identified species from the same location. Retain specimens at 4 C in 70% EtOH or higher or frozen from collection until submission. To ship, place specimens of a single identified species into a 1.5 ml PCR tube in 70% or higher EtOH.  If shipping in EtOH is problematic, voucher specimens can be placed in the PCR tube on top of a small piece of tissue paper soaked with 100% EtOH to eliminate free EtOH in the tube.  Send via 2-3 day shipping to the address below. Of course there is no fee for testing the voucher specimens that would be used to expand the database. If you have questions or would like more information about this technique, Alexander is happy to provide further information (alexander.mathis@uzh.ch).


Ship voucher specimens to:
       

Dr. Alexander Mathis

National Centre for Vector Entomology

Institute of Parasitology

University of Zurich       

Winterthurerstr. 266A

8057 Zurich, Switzerland

 

 

 

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