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An analysis of cuticular hydrocarbons (CH) of unfed adult Ixodes ricinus ticks collected throughout Europe showed that there are 10 distinct I. ricinus groups. Studies on the seasonal and annual consistency of CH composition and possible effects of host and environmental factors suggested that CHs may be used as a genuine genetic marker for I. ricinus. Preliminary studies compared the vector competence of ticks from three of the most separated I. ricinus groups and the results suggested that there may be significant differences in tick susceptibility to Borrelia afzelii.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Zentralbl Bakteriol

Publication Date

03/1998

Volume

287

Pages

185 - 189

Keywords

Animals, Arachnid Vectors, Borrelia, Europe, Hydrocarbons, Ixodes, Lyme Disease, Seasons