Ephantus J Muturi

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Publications

  1. pmc Effect of leaf type and pesticide exposure on abundance of bacterial taxa in mosquito larval habitats
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 8:e71812. 2013
  2. pmc The role of Anopheles arabiensis and Anopheles coustani in indoor and outdoor malaria transmission in Taveta District, Kenya
    Joseph M Mwangangi
    Kenya Medical Research Institute KEMRI, Centre for Geographic Medicine Research Coast, P, O, Box 42880108, Kilifi, Kenya
    Parasit Vectors 6:114. 2013
  3. doi request reprint Larval rearing temperature influences the effect of malathion on Aedes aegypti life history traits and immune responses
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak St, Champaign, IL 61820, United States
    Chemosphere 92:1111-6. 2013
  4. doi request reprint Influence of leaf detritus type on production and longevity of container-breeding mosquitoes
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Medical Entomology Program, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    Environ Entomol 41:1062-8. 2012
  5. ncbi request reprint Larval environmental stress alters Aedes aegypti competence for Sindbis virus
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, USA
    Trop Med Int Health 16:955-64. 2011
  6. doi request reprint Temperature and density-dependent effects of larval environment on Aedes aegypti competence for an alphavirus
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairies Research Institute, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak St Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Vector Ecol 37:154-61. 2012
  7. pmc Population genetic structure of Anopheles arabiensis (Diptera: Culicidae) in a rice growing area of central Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA
    J Med Entomol 47:144-51. 2010
  8. ncbi request reprint Can pesticides and larval competition alter susceptibility of Aedes mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) to arbovirus infection?
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Med Entomol 48:429-36. 2011
  9. ncbi request reprint Effect of temperature and insecticide stress on life-history traits of Culex restuans and Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae)
    Ephantus J Muturi
    University of Illinois, Illinois Natural History Survey, 1816 S Oak St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Med Entomol 48:243-50. 2011
  10. ncbi request reprint Larval environmental temperature and insecticide exposure alter Aedes aegypti competence for arboviruses
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
    Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 11:1157-63. 2011

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Publications40

  1. pmc Effect of leaf type and pesticide exposure on abundance of bacterial taxa in mosquito larval habitats
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois, United States of America
    PLoS ONE 8:e71812. 2013
    ..Collectively, these findings demonstrate the potential for detritus composition within mosquito larval habitats and exposure to pesticides to influence the quality of mosquito larval habitats. ..
  2. pmc The role of Anopheles arabiensis and Anopheles coustani in indoor and outdoor malaria transmission in Taveta District, Kenya
    Joseph M Mwangangi
    Kenya Medical Research Institute KEMRI, Centre for Geographic Medicine Research Coast, P, O, Box 42880108, Kilifi, Kenya
    Parasit Vectors 6:114. 2013
    ..We studied indoor and outdoor malaria transmission dynamics and vector population variability of Anopheles mosquitoes in Taveta district along the Kenyan Coast...
  3. doi request reprint Larval rearing temperature influences the effect of malathion on Aedes aegypti life history traits and immune responses
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak St, Champaign, IL 61820, United States
    Chemosphere 92:1111-6. 2013
    ..These findings suggest that larval rearing temperature can modify the effect of malathion on fitness traits in mosquitoes. ..
  4. doi request reprint Influence of leaf detritus type on production and longevity of container-breeding mosquitoes
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Medical Entomology Program, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    Environ Entomol 41:1062-8. 2012
    ..These findings support the hypothesis that leaf species identity influences the performance of container-dwelling mosquitoes with potential consequences for the transmission of infectious diseases...
  5. ncbi request reprint Larval environmental stress alters Aedes aegypti competence for Sindbis virus
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, USA
    Trop Med Int Health 16:955-64. 2011
    ..To evaluate how stress at the larval stage alters adult mosquito performance and susceptibility to viral infection...
  6. doi request reprint Temperature and density-dependent effects of larval environment on Aedes aegypti competence for an alphavirus
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairies Research Institute, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak St Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Vector Ecol 37:154-61. 2012
    ..These findings suggest that interaction between biotic and abiotic conditions of the larval environment may alter adult mosquito immunity resulting in enhanced vector competence for arboviruses...
  7. pmc Population genetic structure of Anopheles arabiensis (Diptera: Culicidae) in a rice growing area of central Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA
    J Med Entomol 47:144-51. 2010
    ..These findings imply that An. arabiensis in the study area occurs as a single, continuous panmictic population with great ability to adapt to human-imposed selective pressures...
  8. ncbi request reprint Can pesticides and larval competition alter susceptibility of Aedes mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) to arbovirus infection?
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Med Entomol 48:429-36. 2011
    ..Our results suggest that larval competition and chemical contaminants may influence disease transmission directly by altering adult mosquito fitness and indirectly by altering vector interactions with arboviruses...
  9. ncbi request reprint Effect of temperature and insecticide stress on life-history traits of Culex restuans and Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae)
    Ephantus J Muturi
    University of Illinois, Illinois Natural History Survey, 1816 S Oak St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Med Entomol 48:243-50. 2011
    ..014 mg liter(-1). Understanding how pesticides interact with abiotic environmental conditions will contribute to management decisions about vector control practices...
  10. ncbi request reprint Larval environmental temperature and insecticide exposure alter Aedes aegypti competence for arboviruses
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
    Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 11:1157-63. 2011
    ..These results show that environmental factors, including those factors used in controlling mosquitoes, experienced by immature stages have latent effects that continue to adulthood and alter vector competence to arboviruses...
  11. ncbi request reprint Interaction of a pesticide and larval competition on life history traits of Culex pipiens
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    Acta Trop 116:141-6. 2010
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  12. pmc Interspecies predation between Anopheles gambiae s.s. and Culex quinquefasciatus larvae
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA
    J Med Entomol 47:287-90. 2010
    ..The findings further suggest that polymerase chain reaction could be a useful technique in the study of this phenomenon in natural habitats...
  13. pmc Plasmodium falciparum transmission and aridity: a Kenyan experience from the dry lands of Baringo and its implications for Anopheles arabiensis control
    Albert O Mala
    Human Health Division, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, PO Box 30772 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
    Malar J 10:121. 2011
    ..The objective of this study was to describe the dynamics of malaria transmission in two model semi-arid sites (Kamarimar and Tirion) in Baringo in Kenya...
  14. doi request reprint Spatial distribution, blood feeding pattern, and role of Anopheles funestus complex in malaria transmission in central Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 206 C BBRB, 845 19th Street South Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Parasitol Res 105:1041-6. 2009
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  15. ncbi request reprint Effect of rice cultivation on malaria transmission in central Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA
    Am J Trop Med Hyg 78:270-5. 2008
    ..arabiensis. The zoophilic tendency of malaria vectors in irrigated areas accounts partly for low malaria transmission rates despite the presence of higher vector densities, highlighting the potential of zooprophylaxis in malaria control...
  16. doi request reprint Spatiotemporal dynamics of immature culicines (subfamily Culicinae) and their larval habitats in Mwea Rice Scheme, Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 206 C BBRB, 845 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Parasitol Res 104:851-9. 2009
    ..This information is critical when designing and implementing mosquito larval control programs...
  17. pmc Remote and field level quantification of vegetation covariates for malaria mapping in three rice agro-village complexes in Central Kenya
    Benjamin G Jacob
    Illinois Natural History Survey, Center for Ecological Entomology, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
    Int J Health Geogr 6:21. 2007
    ..Additionally, all riceland habitats were visually examined using the spectral reflectance of vegetation land cover for identification of highly productive riceland Anopheles oviposition sites...
  18. ncbi request reprint Mosquito species succession and physicochemical factors affecting their abundance in rice fields in Mwea, Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Medical Entomology Laboratory, Centre for Ecological Entomology, Illinois Natural History Survey, 1816 South Oak St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Med Entomol 44:336-44. 2007
    ..The results demonstrate a complex nature of the interactions between some of the factors in the ecosystem and mosquito species abundance and calls for time-dependent and species-specific mosquito control operations...
  19. ncbi request reprint Diversity of riceland mosquitoes and factors affecting their occurrence and distribution in Mwea, Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    J Am Mosq Control Assoc 24:349-58. 2008
    ..These results demonstrate that irrigated rice cultivation has a strong impact on mosquito species occurrence, distribution, abundance, and behavior, and that certain house characteristics increase the degree of human-vector contact...
  20. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of four sampling techniques for surveillance of Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) and other mosquitoes in African rice agroecosystems
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Medical Entomology Laboratory, Centre for Ecological Entomology, Illinois Natural History Survey, 1816 Sooth Oak St, Champaign, IL 61820
    J Med Entomol 44:503-8. 2007
    ..quinquefasciatus both for control and disease surveillance...
  21. doi request reprint Blood-feeding patterns of Culex quinquefasciatus and other culicines and implications for disease transmission in Mwea rice scheme, Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Parasitol Res 102:1329-35. 2008
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  22. ncbi request reprint Environmental factors associated with the distribution of Anopheles arabiensis and Culex quinquefasciatus in a rice agro-ecosystem in Mwea, Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department ofMedicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, 206C Bevill Biomedical Research Building, 845 19th Street South, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    J Vector Ecol 33:56-63. 2008
    ..quinquefasciatus and An. arabiensis, a factor that should be considered when designing an integrated vector control program...
  23. ncbi request reprint Larval habitat dynamics and diversity of Culex mosquitoes in rice agro-ecosystem in Mwea, Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Centre for Ecological Entomology, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois 61820, USA
    Am J Trop Med Hyg 76:95-102. 2007
    ..These findings provide important information on larval habitat preference for different Culex species, which will be useful in designing and implementation of larval control operations...
  24. ncbi request reprint Mosquito species diversity and abundance in relation to land use in a riceland agroecosystem in Mwea, Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Center for Ecological Entomology, Illinois Natural History Survey, 607 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Vector Ecol 31:129-37. 2006
    ..This provides an understanding of how mosquito diversity is impacted by different habitat management and rice cropping strategies...
  25. ncbi request reprint Ecology and behavior of Anopheles arabiensis in relation to agricultural practices in central Kenya
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Am Mosq Control Assoc 29:222-30. 2013
    ..These findings indicate that agricultural practices may influence the ecology and behavior of malaria vectors and ultimately the risk of malaria transmission...
  26. pmc Hydrological modeling of geophysical parameters of arboviral and protozoan disease vectors in Internally Displaced People camps in Gulu, Uganda
    Benjamin G Jacob
    Department of Medicine, William C, Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, Birmingham, AL, 35294, USA
    Int J Health Geogr 7:11. 2008
    ..Multispectral QuickBird imagery classification and DEM-based GIS methods were generated to evaluate stream flow direction and accumulation for identification of immature Cx. quinquefasciatus and An. gambiae s.l. and abundance...
  27. pmc A grid-based infrastructure for ecological forecasting of rice land Anopheles arabiensis aquatic larval habitats
    Benjamin G Jacob
    Illinois Natural History Survey, Center for Ecological Entomology, 1816 South Oak St, Champaign, IL 61820 Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    Malar J 5:91. 2006
    ..This research illustrates the application of a random sampling methodology, comparing an orthogonal and a digitized grid for assessment of rice land habitats...
  28. ncbi request reprint Are coinfections of malaria and filariasis of any epidemiological significance?
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 206C Bevill Biomedical Research Building, 845 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL, 35294, USA
    Parasitol Res 102:175-81. 2008
    ..Here, we summarize available knowledge on coinfections of malaria and LF and provide an insight on how they can be managed...
  29. pmc Spatially targeting Culex quinquefasciatus aquatic habitats on modified land cover for implementing an Integrated Vector Management (IVM) program in three villages within the Mwea Rice Scheme, Kenya
    Benjamin G Jacob
    Illinois Natural History Survey, Center for Ecological Entomology, 607 East Peabody Dr, Champaign IL 61820, USA
    Int J Health Geogr 5:18. 2006
    ..quinquefasciatus aquatic habitats were overlaid onto the LULC maps generated in ArcInfo 9.1. Grid cells were stratified by levels of irrigation (well-irrigated and poorly-irrigated) and varied according to size of the paddy...
  30. doi request reprint Effect of larval density and Sindbis virus infection on immune responses in Aedes aegypti
    Chang Hyun Kim
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak St, Champaign, IL 61820, United States
    J Insect Physiol 59:604-10. 2013
    ..We conclude that SINV infection suppresses Toll/Imd pathways, but high larval density enables SINV to attain maximum titers in Ae. aegypti much earlier compared to low density treatments despite the up-regulation of cecropin...
  31. pmc A heteroskedastic error covariance matrix estimator using a first-order conditional autoregressive Markov simulation for deriving asympotical efficient estimates from ecological sampled Anopheles arabiensis aquatic habitat covariates
    Benjamin G Jacob
    School of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Birmingham AL, USA
    Malar J 8:216. 2009
    ..The models considered in this research extends a normal regression analysis previously considered in the literature...
  32. ncbi request reprint Laboratory studies on the effect of inorganic fertilizers on survival and development of immature Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae)
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA
    J Vector Borne Dis 44:259-65. 2007
    ....
  33. ncbi request reprint Temperature-mediated differential expression of immune and stress-related genes in Aedes aegypti larvae
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Am Mosq Control Assoc 28:79-83. 2012
    ..These findings suggest that antimicrobial peptides can serve as biomarkers of thermal stress and that HSP83 may buffer mosquito larvae against extreme temperatures...
  34. ncbi request reprint The importance of oxidases in the tolerance of deciduous leaf infusions by aedes (Stegomyia) aegypti and aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae)
    Richard L Lampman
    Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, 1816 South Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    J Med Entomol 51:68-75. 2014
    ..aegypti exhibited a greater mortality than Ae. albopictus in PBO-treated live oak leaf infusions. These findings suggest that toxic components of some leaf litter in larval habitats may impose cryptic energy costs (detoxification)...
  35. ncbi request reprint Malaria vector management: where have we come from and where are we headed?
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Department of Medicine, William C Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama 35294, USA
    Am J Trop Med Hyg 78:536-7. 2008
  36. doi request reprint Relationship between leaf litter identity, expression of cytochrome P450 genes and life history traits of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus
    Chang Hyun Kim
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
    Acta Trop 122:94-100. 2012
    ..aegypti and A. albopictus respectively) in pine infusion. Results suggest that metabolic capabilities that enable the two species to tolerate natural xenobiotics are associated with a fitness cost...
  37. pmc Relationship between malaria and filariasis transmission indices in an endemic area along the Kenyan Coast
    Ephantus J Muturi
    Centre for Ecological Entomology, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign 61820, USA
    J Vector Borne Dis 43:77-83. 2006
    ..An entomological survey was conducted to determine the relationship between malaria and lymphatic filariasis transmission by Anopheles gambiae s.l. and An. funestus in two inland villages along the Kenyan coast...
  38. ncbi request reprint Sublethal effects of atrazine and glyphosate on life history traits of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae)
    Jeffrey J Bara
    Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois, 1816 S Oak St, Champaign, IL, 61820, USA
    Parasitol Res 113:2879-86. 2014
    ..80 ± 0.07, control = 2.83 ± 0.06). These results demonstrate the potential for atrazine, a widely used herbicide, to influence epidemiologically relevant life history traits of mosquitoes. ..
  39. ncbi request reprint Land use patterns and the risk of West Nile virus transmission in central Illinois
    Allison M Gardner
    1 Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
    Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 14:338-45. 2014
    ..This is particularly important in urban ecosystems where these land use categories are small, interspersed fragments serving as potential refuge sites during periods of low rainfall...