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Record number 537910
Title Impact of Skin Microbiome on Attractiveness to Arthropod Vectors and Pathogen Transmission
Author(s) Verhulst, Niels O.; Boulanger, Nathalie; Spitzen, Jeroen
Source In: Skin and Arthropod Vectors / Boulanger, Nathalie, London : Academic Press Elsevier - ISBN 9780128114360 - p. 55 - 81.
Department(s) Laboratory of Entomology
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Attractant - Behavior - Host finding - Host preference - Odors - Olfaction - Olfactometer - Repellent - Skin microbiota
Abstract Many hematophagous arthropods are vectors of diseases. They find their host using a range of cues, of which carbon dioxide is often crucial. Especially for arthropods that have a specific host preference, skin volatiles play an important role when they search for their host. By volatile collection followed by gas chromatography, hundreds of skin volatiles can be identified of which a large subset is produced by skin bacteria. The olfactory response of the arthropod to these compounds can be evaluated with electroantennograms, in olfactometers and (semi-)field settings. The identification and evaluation of these compounds has led to the development of novel attractants or repellents and can be used in vector monitoring and intervention programs. More recently, the skin microbiome has been shown to play a role in the attractiveness of a host to arthropods by the metabolome released by resident skin bacteria. The microbiota might also be important on the direct transmission of pathogens by arthropods at the skin interface. This second aspect is largely unexplored.
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