"International Journal of Mosquito Research"

Vol-1, Issue-2

Studies on mid gut microbiota of wild caught Culex
(Culex quinquefasciatus) mosquitoes from Barasat
(North 24 Parganas) of West Bengal

Abhishek Pal, Chandan Rai, Arindam Roy and Pranab Kr Banerjee*

Mosquitoes are haematophagous insects that serve as obligate intermediate host for numerous diseases like Filaria, Malaria, Dengue, etc. Mosquitoes can be considered as a holobiont units in which host (mosquitoes) and its gut microbiota are involved in a complex reciprocal interaction. The naturally acquired microbiota can modulate mosquitos’ vectorial capacity by inhibiting the development of pathogens. But, enough care has not been taken in West Bengal to investigate on the midgut microbiota of Culex mosquitoes. Therefore, a preliminary attempt has been undertaken to study the morphology, growth pattern and antibiotic susceptibility of midgut microbiota of Culex (Culex quinquefasciatus) mosquitoes collected from Barasat areas (North 24 Parganas) of West Bengal..

Map of North 24 Parganas showing the collection site-Barasat

Fig: Map of North 24 Parganas showing the collection site-Barasat.

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