A Research Blog

Julien Pompon, molecular entomologist and Assistant Professor in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at  Duke-NUS Medical School shines a light on his work with mosquitoes and what attracts and repels these pesky (but resilient) insects.

MosquitoHow do you test for behaviour in mosquitoes?

We observe mosquito behaviour primarily while they feed, which corresponds to the transmission phase. Mosquitoes are observed in real time by a researcher who rates their behaviour - such as the mosquito’s landing, insertion of the proboscis, imbibing of blood, number and time of each probe, etc. Real-time behaviour is then used to compute several important parameters that help us to assess the impact of different factors on mosquito biting success.

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