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Phenotypic and Biochemical Characterization of Microbial Diversity of Aedes albopictus Breeding Groundwater Occurring in Burdwan, West Bengal, India  

Arunima Chakraborty , Soumendranath Chatterjee
Parasitology and Microbiology Research Laboratory, Department of Zoology, The University of Burdwan, Burdwan-713 104, West Bengal, India
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Journal of Mosquito Research, 2016, Vol. 6, No. 26   doi: 10.5376/jmr.2016.06.0026
Received: 09 Sep., 2016    Accepted: 10 Oct., 2016    Published: 24 Nov., 2016
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Chakraborty A., and Chatterjee S., 2016, Phenotypic and biochemical characterization of microbial diversity of Aedes albopictus breeding groundwater occurring in Burdwan, West Bengal, India, Journal of Mosquito Research, 6(26): 1-7 (doi: 10.5376/jmr.2016.06.0026)


Aedes albopictus is one of the nuisances causing mosquito in today’s world which poses a great threat to public health. Study of the breeding ground water, habitat selection and the role of algal-microbial diversity are of major importance for effective vector control strategies. Selected sites of Burdwan were surveyed throughout the year July 2014 to June 2015 in a seasonal basis and water samples were collected. After screening and isolation by serial dilution, a total of 18 bacterial isolates were found, among which KSG1, KSG2, KSG5 and BM3 were found to be prevalent throughout the year. A thorough bacterial characterization including phenotypic, morphological, biochemical, extracellular and antibiotic assay were done in order to identify the bacterial isolates at a preliminary level. Isolates were identified to be Gram positive, rod shaped bacteria resembling that of Bacillus sp. Some were spore formers too. Microbial diversity plays a major role in eliciting oviposition positive responses for the mosquitoes. Manipulating and eliminating these bacteria may serve as a tool for vector eradication.

Aedes albopictus; Biochemical characterization; Phenotypic characterization; Bacillus sp; Oviposition
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