Study of the non-parasitic stage in Ixodes ricinus after co-feeding with Dermacentor reticulatus in three infestations
Katarzyna Bartosik 1, Alicja Buczek 2, Adam Borzęcki 3, Dorota Kulina 4 1 - Cgair and Department of Biology and Parasitology, Medical University, Lublin, Poland 2 - Chair and Department of Biology and Parasitology, Medical University, Lublin, Poland 3 - Non-Public Health Care Center Med-Laser, Lublin, Poland
4 - Department of Basic Nursing and Medical Teaching, Medical University, Lublin, Poland Ann Agric Environ Med 2017; 24 (1): ICID: 1234005 Article type: Original article
It was proved that transmission of some pathogens may occur between infected and uninfected ticks co-feeding on a host in the absence of systemic infection. The effect was studied of co-feeding of two different tick species Ixodes ricinus and Dermacentor reticulatus on the course of the non-parasitic stage. Species chosen for the experiment may share their habitats and co-infest animals in nature. In the course of the study the process of egg maturation, oviposition and larval hatching were investigated. In order to estimate if co-feeding influence can counteract host immunity, three subsequent infestations of rabbits were analyzed. Mono-specific groups values of such a parameters as egg amount, number of eggs per 1 mg of female engorgement weight, female oviposition weight loss, hatching success were higher in inter-specific groups were compared. The results indicate that co-feeding with other tick species may partially reduce the influence of host resistance in subsequent infestation.
DOI: 10.5604/12321966.1234005 PMID 28378989 - click here to show this article in PubMed