There were a few boxes to unpack for the Biogents stand at the AMCA fair.
The 84th AMCA Annual Meeting (February/March 2018) in Kansas City saw no less than six presentations on REMOSIS devices – four on the BG-Counter and two more on the species-ID capabilities. The technology was also showcased on the Biogents stand at the fair that accompanied the conference.
In the scientific program, users from four American mosquito control districts show-cased their experiences with the BG-Counter: Mark Kartzinel presented a talk entiteled “Real-time district-wide mosquito surveillance with the Biogents BG-Counter” (Kartzinel & Cliftin, AMCA 2018: Abstracts, p. 39). The authors work for the Collier County Mosquito Control District in Florida. Mario Boisvert gave an oral presentation entiteled “BG-Counter: a very efficient multi-task tool” (Boisvert, Hartle, Sorensen & Buettner, AMCA 2018: Abstracts, p. 45). Mario Boisvert and his colleagues work for the Placer County Mosquito & Vector Control District in California. Barbara Bayer shared the Manatee County Mosquito Control District’s “Field observations from a BG-Counter used with a CDC light trap in Manatee County” (Bayer & Latham, AMCA 2018: Abstracts, p.45). Ary Faraji presented “New Technologies and Operational Research at the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District”, including the BG-Counter (Faraji, White, Dewsnup & Sorensen, AMCA 2018 2018: Abstracts, p.40).
Confusion matrix showing the highly accurate distinction between six mosquito species the REMOSIS device is capable of.
Biogents presented findings that the REMOSIS technology is able to distinguish between malaria mosquitoes that had could so far only be distinguished using genetic test (Anopheles gambiae s.s. and Anopheles arabiensis). Both species are important malaria vectors, but with marked differences in ecology and behaviour. To be able to distinguish them quickly and in the field was considered an important tool for research and control. (Rose et al.: Distinguishing populations of living Anopheles gambiae s.s. and Anopheles arabiensis using a non-invasive opto-acoustic analysis of wing beat patterns. AMCA 2018: Abstracts, p.61-62).
We also showed results from investigations that were performed together with research partners from two mosquito control districts. These studies included the automatic distinction between species that were simultaneously present (Culex tarsalis, Culex pipiens and Anopheles freeborni). Due to their different biology and vector potentials, it is important to identify these species to be able to control them most effectively. We also demonstrated the automatic identification of the sexes of both the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, and the yellow fever or dengue mosquito, Aedes aegypti. This can be especially helpful in research and control programs that are using the release of sterile male mosquitoes (Sterile Insect Technique, SIT) and sililar approaches. (Weber et al.: Laboratory and field results from an enhanced BG-Sentinel with a mosquito wingbeat analyser. AMCA 2018: Abstracts, p.44)
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Biogents attended the JITMM 2017 in Bangkok
Dengue and tropical diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are quite widespread in Asia. The Joint International Tropical Medicine Meeting 2017, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, was therefore met with a large interest in the reagion. Since vector surveillance and control was one focus, Biogents attendend the conference, both giving oral presentations, and with a stand with Biogents’ local distribution partner.
The Biogents stand at the JITMM 2017 prominently featured the BG-Counter.
The BG-Counter and the progress of the REMOSIS project were presented in a talk given by Jennifer MacCaw from Biogents, entiteled “Making Automatic Mosquito Monitoring Smarter: Counting and Identifying Mosquito Species Using the New BG-Counter.” The interest for the device and its potential was met with great interest on the fair that accoumpanbied the conference.
The 20th Conference of the European chapter of the Socienty of Vector Ecology (E-SOVE) took place in Lisbon, Portugal, between the 3rd and 7th of October, 2016. Around 170 vector and mosquito biologists from Europe and abroad attended. Biogents was a proud sponsor of this event.
At the conference, Biogents was present with four scientists and a stand, introducing the news BG-Sentinel 2, the BG-GAT oviposition trap, and of course the BG-Counter and REMOSIS project.
In the session “Advanced Technologies on Vector Control”, Dr. Rose of Biogents gave an oral presentation on the BG-Counter and the REMOSIS project. (reference: A. Rose, M. Weber, I. Potatmitis, P.Villlonga, C. Pruszynski, M. Doyle, M. Geismar, J. Encarnacao & M. Geier (2016) The BG-Counter, the first operative automatic mosquito counting device for online mosquito monitoring: field tests and technical outlook. E-SOVE 2016 Book of Abstracts, 177, ISBN: 978-90-8686-291-7). You can download this presentation with notes (6mb): rose-et-al-bg-counter-remosis-presentation-esove-lisbon-2016-with-abstract-and-notes
Here is an update on recent publications on the BG-Counter in the German media, together with links.
Süddeutsche Zeitung (28.6.2016): Die Mückenmaschine. (The mosquito machine.) Online: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/wissen/insekten-die-mueckenmaschine-1.3054999 (The Süddeutsche Zeitung is a national newpaper headquartered in Munich)
Mittelbayerische Zeitung (5.7.2016): Mücken: Die Attacke kommt ab halb zehn. (Mosquitoes: the attack comes at half past nine.) Online: http://www.mittelbayerische.de/region/regensburg/stadtteile/innenstadt/muecken-die-attacke-kommt-ab-halb-zehn-21345-art1400324.html (The Mittelbayerische Zeitung is a regional newspaper headquartered in Regensburg.)
Bayerischer Rundfunk / Television – Abendschau Süd (19.7.2016) Kampf gegen Plagegeister – Mücken zählen für die Forschung. (Fight the pest – counting mosquitoes for science.) Online: http://www.br.de/mediathek/video/sendungen/abendschau/muecken-zaehlen-forschung-100.html (The Bayerischer Rundfunk is the Bavarian public-servive radio and television broadcaster with headquarters in Munich.)
Bayerischer Rundfunk / Radio (7.7.2016): Mückenzähler aus Regensburg gehen in Produktion. (Mosquito counter from Regensburg is about to enter production phase.) Online: http://www.br.de/nachrichten/oberpfalz/inhalt/mueckenzaehl-maschine-regensburg-100.html (The Bayerischer Rundfunk is the Bavarian public-servive radio and television broadcaster with headquarters in Munich.)
” Anyone who has ever done mosquito surveillance knows how labor intensive it can be. Whether it’s landing rate counts (LRC) or setting CDC light traps, the most time-consuming aspect is having someone physically go out to site to survey for mosquitoes in the area. When you finally get the collection information to operations you may have already missed your window for control. In this modern technologically advanced era of self-driving cars and Jeopardy champion robots, is it too much to ask for some of that rapid-response automation to trickle down into this tedious sector of mosquito science?”
That was actually a rethorical question. And here is a new article in Wing Beats of the Florida Mosquito Control Association (an official publication of the American Mosquito Control Association) which decribes the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District‘s (FKMCD) experinces with the first BG-Counters that were recently installed on the Florida Keys.
Reference: Pruszynski C (2016) The BG-Counter: A New Surveillance Trap that Remotely Measures Mosquito Density in Real Time. Wing Beats 27:1, 13-18.
Savanah (GA, USA), February 2016. Biogents introduced the newly developed BG-Counter at the yearly meeting of the American Mosquito Control Association, AMCA. The device is used in combination with the BG-Sentinel from Biogents, a trap widely used by professionals for the monitoring and surveillance of mosquitoes.
The BG-Counter automatically differentiates mosquitoes from insects of other forms and sizes entering the trap, it counts them, and wirelessly transmits the results to a cloud server for further processing.
Mosquito control specialists and researchers will therefore now be able to follow and compare the dynamics of mosquito populations, they can see if control campaigns were successful and cab compare the effect of different methods during scientific studies, in real time.
The next step in the development of the BG-Counter is to expand its capabilities to identify and differentiate mosquito genera and species of special importance, and to facilitate its integration into larger sensor and data analysis networks, i.e. the REMOSIS project.
Click on the picture on the left or on the reference below to download the poster on the BG-Counter that was presented at the conference. (Geier et al. (2016) A smart Internet of Things (loT) device for monitoring mosquito trap counts in the field while drinking coffee at your desk. Poster p-32 at the AMCA 82nd Annual Meeting 2016, savannah, GA, USA.)