This project seeks to clarify the taxonomic status, geographical distribution and trends to domesticity of species of the genus Rhodnius, many of which are important vectors of chagas disease in Latin america. The project uses both morphological and biochemical techniques to assess interspecific relationships, population variability and adaptive trends. A key feature of the project is the field collection of new material from topotype localities and similar environments, assessing basic ecological characteristics of each bug population in preparation for future studies. The project has a strong training component and adopts a network approach with a large number of 'sub-contractors' in several Latin American countries. These will be involved in field collections and population studies, and will participate in a group workshop planned for the second year of this two-year project.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
21045-900 Rio De Janeiro