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Veterinary, Medical and Urban Entomology Research Priorities 
The USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) is seeking customer and stakeholder input on planning and setting research priorities for its veterinary, medical and urban entomology research program. This USDA-ARS research program is responsible for developing more effective means to prevent or suppress insects (like mosquitoes and bedbugs), ticks, and mites that affect both animal and human well- being. Research under this program aims to eliminate losses to animal production and products caused by insect-transmitted diseases; to enhance the safety of animal products and the quality of life for humans; and to increase the value and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture. In this USDA Open Idea Space, you will find four questions (and in the left “IdeaSpace”) that we are asking you to answer. Your answers, as well as other comments and ideas you provide, will help us determine current research needs and priorities important to your industry/organization and the American public. This information will guide us in planning our research priorities in this area for the next five years. This space will remain open for ideas and comments through March 8, 2013.

You can get more information about this USDA-ARS national program by clicking here. For the most recent research accomplishments in this area, check out AR magazine November/December 2012 edition, “Keeping Our Troops Safe From Insects.”

Many thanks for your input!

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Imported fire ant biological control

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Jason Oliver4 - 07 2013 / (0)
Continue the program to establish new phorid-decapitating fly species in the United States to reduce the impact and spread of imported fire ants. Additional focus for fly importation should include black and hybrid imported fire ant populations that are dominating the northern range of the U.S. fire ant infestation.
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Support for new controls of muscid flies and other pests of livestock and poultry

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: flies, urban ecosystems, agriculture, poultry, livestock
Gregory Martin4 - 22 2013 / (0)
Muscid Flies (family Muscidae) and other fly species have been identified by FDA in regulations as a food safety vector. The FDA egg rule requires pest control programs by farms as part of their compliance with the rule. Further research is needed in House fly and stable fly control involving ...
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Further Development of a Chagas Disease Vaccine

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Susan Durham8 - 20 2013 / (0)
Development of a Human Vaccine for Chagas Disease Should be a Priority
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Investigation of blood born pathogen transmission to pest control operators from bed bugs that rupture during pest control activities.

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Scott Armbrust4 - 14 2013 / (0)
Blood-engorged bed bugs regulary pop like a balloon when lightly crushed during extermination activities and the workers' gloves and application equipment are covered with visible amounts of human blood. How long after a blood meal do the blood-born pathogens remain viable and what decontamination steps should be recommended?
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What effect does urban mosquito programs have on the plant and insect relationships in urban ecosystems? Especially in regard to the West Nile Virus?

Patricia Susman4 - 13 2013 / (0)
Our city is spraying for mosquito in wider and wider ranges because of the West Nile outbreaks. Each year there are fewer populations of pollinators and predators. Not only would I like to see research that explores possible disturbance in the insect/plant relationships, but also explores the effects of potential ...
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Instructions needed

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Carol Durflinger4 - 30 2013 / (0)
Instructions should indicate commentor needs to click on "New Idea" in the upper right hand corner to provide comments.