Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 113–121

Chemical Ecology of Animal and Human Pathogen Vectors in a Changing Global Climate

  • John A. Pickett
  • Michael A. Birkett
  • Sarah Y. Dewhirst
  • James G. Logan
  • Maurice O. Omolo
  • Baldwyn Torto
  • Julien Pelletier
  • Zainulabeuddin Syed
  • Walter S. Leal
Review article

DOI: 10.1007/s10886-010-9739-9

Cite this article as:
Pickett, J.A., Birkett, M.A., Dewhirst, S.Y. et al. J Chem Ecol (2010) 36: 113. doi:10.1007/s10886-010-9739-9

Abstract

Infectious diseases affecting livestock and human health that involve vector-borne pathogens are a global problem, unrestricted by borders or boundaries, which may be exacerbated by changing global climate. Thus, the availability of effective tools for control of pathogen vectors is of the utmost importance. The aim of this article is to review, selectively, current knowledge of the chemical ecology of pathogen vectors that affect livestock and human health in the developed and developing world, based on key note lectures presented in a symposium on “The Chemical Ecology of Disease Vectors” at the 25th Annual ISCE meeting in Neuchatel, Switzerland. The focus is on the deployment of semiochemicals for monitoring and control strategies, and discusses briefly future directions that such research should proceed along, bearing in mind the environmental challenges associated with climate change that we will face during the 21st century.

Keywords

Livestock Human Pathogen vector Semiochemical Climate change 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Pickett
    • 1
  • Michael A. Birkett
    • 1
  • Sarah Y. Dewhirst
    • 1
  • James G. Logan
    • 1
  • Maurice O. Omolo
    • 2
  • Baldwyn Torto
    • 2
  • Julien Pelletier
    • 3
  • Zainulabeuddin Syed
    • 3
  • Walter S. Leal
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainable Pest and Disease Management, Biological Chemistry DepartmentRothamsted ResearchHarpendenUK
  2. 2.Behavioural and Chemical Ecology DepartmentInternational Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)NairobiKenya
  3. 3.Honorary Maeda-Duffey Laboratory, Department of EntomologyUniversity of California DavisDavisUSA

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