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Georgette Kluiters, David Sugden, Helene Guis, K. Marie McIntyre, Karien Labuschagne, Maria J. Vilar and Matthew Baylis Modelling the spatial distribution of Culicoides biting midges at the local scale Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 21 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12030

At a large spatial scale, there is significant variation in Culicoides Obsoletus Group abundance, which undermines attempts to record their nationwide distribution in larger-scale models. Satellite data can be used to explain a high proportion of this variation and, if shown to be generalizable, they may produce effective predictive models of disease vector abundance. We recommend undertaking a prior survey for farms with high Culicoides catches within the sampling area and checking stability in catch size between seasons and years.

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