Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 2016

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Zoology

Keywords

Presence of Borrelia, Rickettsia, and Ehrlichia in Field-collected Ticks

Abstract

Tick survey is an important factor in the determination of tick-borne disease in an area. A tick survey was done on Candlers Mountain in Lynchburg, Virginia, to look for the presence of Borrelia, Rickettsia, and Ehrlichia. With the help of CO2 traps, 116 ticks were collected, including 75 adult lone star ticks and 3 adult blacklegged ticks. The use of the CO2 trap was successful as a tick capturing method, but a preference was seen in the capture of lone star ticks. The ticks’ DNA will then be extracted and analyzed for the presence of pathogens in future work.

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