SECVBD Research Featured in the ARS Annual Report on Science Accomplishments

SECVBD Project 1 researchers were recently featured in the FY2020 Annual Report on Science by the USDA ARS. Read the report here and read the study on under-the-radar dengue infection identification here.

Learn more about the report and research below!

ARS Annual Report on Science

About the ARS Report on Science: The UDSA’s Agricultural Research Science (ARS) Annual Report on Science is a compendium of ARS research accomplishments that demonstrates ARS’s impact on the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Every year, ARS discovers real-world solutions to agricultural challenges affecting our nation and a growing world. The agency positions itself strategically to address these challenges by gathering input from customers and stakeholders and conducting research that addresses programmatic research goals throughout five year cycles.

About the SECVBD Research: “Under-the-radar dengue virus infections in natural populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.” ARS researchers in Stoneville, Mississippi, have demonstrated the ability to monitor vector-borne diseases ahead of outbreaks using metagenomics and have helped identify dengue virus prior to any human infection. To date, the U.S. public health system’s response to outbreaks has been largely reactive, but this research shows that by monitoring mosquito populations, it may be possible to identify emerging mosquito-borne diseases and enable proactive, targeted vector control before outbreaks occur.


Boyles SM, Mavian CN, Finol E, Ukhanova M, Stephenson CJ, Hamerlinck G, Kang S, Baumgartner C, Geesey M, Stinton I, Williams K. Under-the-radar dengue virus infections in natural populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Msphere. 2020 Apr 29;5(2):e00316-20.