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Photo of Dr. Gideon WasserbergDr. Gideon Wasserberg (Biology) received new funding from the Department of Defense for the project “Characterization and attraction of the male sex pheromones of Lutzomyia verrucarum.” Lutzomyia verrucarum is the vector of Carrion’s disease and cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Peruvian Andes. As part of a general plan to control this sand fly, the researchers will focus on identifying male sex pheromones that will be used as a lure for attracting the female sand fly to lethal traps. Field testing of extracts and isolated compounds will be done in the field in Caraz Peru by Wasserberg.

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