First detection of Aedes japonicus in Spain: An unexpected finding triggered by citizen science

Eritja R., Ruiz-Arrondo I., Delacour-Estrella S., Schaffner F., Álvarez-Chachero J., Bengoa M., Puig M.-A., Melero-Alcíbar R., Oltra A., Bartumeus F. (2019) First detection of Aedes japonicus in Spain: An unexpected finding triggered by citizen science. Parasites and Vectors. 12: 0-0.
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Doi: 10.1186/s13071-019-3317-y

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Background: Aedes japonicus is an invasive vector mosquito from Southeast Asia which has been spreading across central Europe since the year 2000. Unlike the Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) present in Spain since 2004, there has been no record of Ae. japonicus in the country until now. Results: Here, we report the first detection of Ae. japonicus in Spain, at its southernmost location in Europe. This finding was triggered by the citizen science platform Mosquito Alert. In June 2018, a citizen sent a report via the Mosquito Alert app from the municipality of Siero in the Asturias region (NW Spain) containing pictures of a female mosquito compatible with Ae. japonicus. Further information was requested from the participant, who subsequently provided several larvae and adults that could be classified as Ae. japonicus. In July, a field mission confirmed its presence at the original site and in several locations up to 9 km away, suggesting a long-time establishment. The strong media impact in Asturias derived from the discovery raised local participation in the Mosquito Alert project, resulting in further evidence from surrounding areas. Conclusions: Whilst in the laboratory Ae. japonicus is a competent vector for several mosquito-borne pathogens, to date only West Nile virus is a concern based on field evidence. Nonetheless, this virus has yet not been detected in Asturias so the vectorial risk is currently considered low. The opportunity and effectiveness of combining citizen-sourced data to traditional surveillance methods are discussed. © 2019 The Author(s).

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Citizen Science: A Gateway for Innovation in Disease-Carrying Mosquito Management?

Bartumeus F., Oltra A., Palmer J.R.B. (2018) Citizen Science: A Gateway for Innovation in Disease-Carrying Mosquito Management?. Trends in Parasitology. : 0-0.
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Doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2018.04.010

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Traditional methods for tracking disease-carrying mosquitoes are hitting budget constraints as the scales over which they must be implemented grow exponentially. Citizen science offers a novel solution to this problem but requires new models of innovation in the public health sector. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd

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Thermal stratification drives movement of a coastal apex predator

Aspillaga, E., Bartumeus, F., Starr, R.M., López-Sanz, À., Linares, C., DIáz, D., Garrabou, J., Zabala, M., Hereu, B. (2017) Thermal stratification drives movement of a coastal apex predator. Scientific Reports. 7: 0-0.
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Doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-00576-z

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Visualizing dynamic microvillar search and stabilization during ligand detection by T cells

Cai, E., Marchuk, K., Beemiller, P., Beppler, C., Rubashkin, M.G., Weaver, V.M., Gérard, A., Liu, T.-L., Chen, B.-C., Betzig, E., Bartumeus, F., Krummel, M.F. (2017) Visualizing dynamic microvillar search and stabilization during ligand detection by T cells. Science. 356: 0-0.
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Doi: 10.1126/science.aal3118

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Nonstationary dynamics of encounters: Mean valuable territory covered by a random searcher

Campos, D., Bartumeus, F., Méndez, V. (2017) Nonstationary dynamics of encounters: Mean valuable territory covered by a random searcher. Physical Review E. 96: 0-0.
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Doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.032111

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Direct Evidence of Adult Aedes albopictus Dispersal by Car

Eritja, R., Palmer, J.R.B., Roiz, D., Sanpera-Calbet, I., Bartumeus, F. (2017) Direct Evidence of Adult Aedes albopictus Dispersal by Car. Scientific Reports. 7: 0-0.
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Doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12652-5

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Generation and maintenance of predation hotspots of a functionally important herbivore in a patchy habitat mosaic

Farina, S., Oltra, A., Boada, J., Bartumeus, F., Romero, J., Alcoverro, T. (2017) Generation and maintenance of predation hotspots of a functionally important herbivore in a patchy habitat mosaic. Functional Ecology. : 0-0.
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Doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12985

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Imported zika virus in a European city: How to prevent local transmission?

Millet, J.-P., Montalvo, T., Bueno-Marí, R., Romero-Tamarit, A., Prats-Uribe, A., Fernández, L., Camprubí, E., del Baño, L., Peracho, V., Figuerola, J., Sulleiro, E., Martínez, M.J., Caylà, J.A., Álamo-Junquera, D., de Andrés, A., Avellanés, I., González, R., Gorrindo, P., Sentís, A., Simón, P., Bartumeus, F., Busquets, N., Alejo, I., Gascón, J., Muñoz, J., Oliveira, I., Pinazo, M.J., Rodriguez, N., Bocanegra, C., Espasa, M., Molina, I., Pou, D., Salvador, F., Sánchez-Montalvà, A., Pumarola, T., Rando, A., Serre, N., Soriano-Arandes, A., Treviño, B. (2017) Imported zika virus in a European city: How to prevent local transmission?. Frontiers in Microbiology. 8: 0-0.
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Doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01319

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Citizen science provides a reliable and scalable tool to track disease-carrying mosquitoes

Palmer, J.R.B., Oltra, A., Collantes, F., Delgado, J.A., Lucientes, J., Delacour, S., Bengoa, M., Eritja, R., Bartumeus, F. (2017) Citizen science provides a reliable and scalable tool to track disease-carrying mosquitoes. Nature Communications. 8: 0-0.
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Doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00914-9

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Early-life foraging: Behavioral responses of newly fledged albatrosses to environmental conditions

de Grissac S., Bartumeus F., Cox S.L., Weimerskirch H. (2017) Early-life foraging: Behavioral responses of newly fledged albatrosses to environmental conditions. Ecology and Evolution. 7: 6766-6778.
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Doi: 10.1002/ece3.3210

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In order to survive and later recruit into a population, juvenile animals need to acquire resources through the use of innate and/or learnt behaviors in an environment new to them. For far-ranging marine species, such as the wandering albatross Diomedea exulans, this is particularly challenging as individuals need to be able to rapidly adapt and optimize their movement strategies in response to the highly dynamic and heterogeneous nature of their open-ocean pelagic habitats. Critical to this is the development and flexibility of dispersal and exploratory behaviors. Here, we examine the movements of eight juvenile wandering albatrosses, tracked using GPS/Argos satellite transmitters for eight months following fledging, and compare these to the trajectories of 17 adults to assess differences and similarities in behavioral strategies through time. Behavioral clustering algorithms (Expectation Maximization binary Clustering) were combined with multinomial regression analyses to investigate changes in behavioral mode probabilities over time, and how these may be influenced by variations in day duration and in biophysical oceanographic conditions. We found that juveniles appeared to quickly acquire the same large-scale behavioral strategies as those employed by adults, although generally more time was spent resting at night. Moreover, individuals were able to detect and exploit specific oceanographic features in a manner similar to that observed in adults. Together, the results of this study suggest that while shortly after fledging juvenile wandering albatrosses are able to employ similar foraging strategies to those observed in adults, additional skills need to be acquired during the immature period before the efficiency of these behaviors matches that of adults. © 2017 The Authors. Ecology and Evolution published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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