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Understanding the roles of pathogen infection and sensory cue integration in mosquito blood-feeding behavior

Project description

Staging a mosquito banquet

According to the World Health Organisation, mosquitoes are among the deadliest of nature's creatures. They spread diseases, killing millions of people every year. Although it might seem relatively straightforward to get a handle on the feeding behaviours of mosquitoes, in fact, it has proven quite difficult largely due to the lack of appropriate technology. That is all changing with an engineered human skin, transparent and under observation via sophisticated quantitative imaging and computer vision. The PiQiMosqBite project plans to lay out the bait, inviting mosquitoes to dine on the biomimetic skin and vasculature. The high-tech imaging will enable scientists to evaluate how infected mosquitoes behave, process sensory cues, and inject saliva for clues to preventing disease spread.


Net EU contribution
€ 196 707,84
Rue Du Docteur Roux 25-28
75724 Paris Cedex 15

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00