Shan Ju Shih
MS in Biology and Anatomy, National Defense Medical Center
BS in Biotechnology, Southern Taiwan University
Intense global trade and global climate change are contributing to the rapid spread of mosquito vector populations beyond tropical and subtropical regions of the world. With these invasive species comes the potential for emerging vector-borne diseases. Soluble chemicals indicate the suitability of potential resources to mosquitoes and therefore play critical roles in food selection and feeding behaviors. Information about the quality and quantity of “contact” chemical cues is mediated through gustatory receptors (Grs) that are expressed in specialized sensory appendages. More focused studies on the sensory neuronal basis for mosquito behaviors may contribute to improved control measures that will help reduce disease transmission by vector mosquitoes.