IV Lab’s in-house Insectary houses species from both the Aedes and Anopheles mosquito genera.

Insectary

Inside our 200 square foot insectary we raise species from both the Aedes and Anopheles mosquito genera. We use these mosquitoes in a variety of ways, including understanding how they reproduce and carry malaria to what it takes to kill them with a laser. The insectary’s humidity and temperature system allows us to closely monitor the consistency of the climate inside the different environmental rooms, which helps stabilize our mosquito populations.

Capabilities

In-house Mosquito Insectary

  • Ante-Room

    • Ambient temperature and humidity
    • Seperate controlled environments for mosquito eggs, larvae, and pupae life stages

  • Adult Room

    • Average temperature is 28° Celsius and 80% relative humidity
    • Contains adult mosquito populations of both Aedes and Anopheles

  • Adult Population

    • Houses approximately 1,750 Anopheles stephensi and 5,600 Aedes aegypti mosquitoes weekly

Artificial Diet

IV Lab is developing an artificially manufactured mosquito food to help scientists and health programs raise mosquitoes effectively.

Environmental Chambers

Tests in our Environmental Chambers are designed to collect data in conditions beyond what we expect in the field.

Photonic Fence

One potential use of the Photonic Fence is to create a virtual fence that detects insects as they cross its plane.

Biology + Chemistry

The Biology and Chemistry Lab combines a pair of active wet laboratories with experienced biologists and chemists.

Malaria Diagnostics

IV Lab is developing new malaria diagnostic techniques in support of elimination and eventual eradication of malaria.

Instrument Shop

The Instrument Shop allows IV Lab to develop ideas quickly from concept through to manufacture and testing.

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