Supervisors: Prof. John S. Terblanche, Prof. John Hargrove, Prof. Glyn A. Vale
Project title: Predicting the effect of climate change on the contact between humans and tsetse flies in Zimbabwe; means of reducing the contact.
- To investigate the effect(s) of temperature and rainfall on human-fly contact.
- To investigate means (methods) of monitoring and reducing the degree of human -fly contact and the risks of sleeping sickness
- To assess the survival and behavior of tsetse flies introduced in buildings at different times
- To assess the efficacy of known repellents on the responses of tsetse to humans in various situations
- To assess the performance of the of the Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test against microscopic dissection in the detection and identification of trypanosomes in tsetse flies
- To investigate the efficacy of devices that might reduce human – fly contact in houses and vehicles