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Taxonomy and microbiome of mites that parasitize bats in Brazil: study of the presence of pathogens and symbiotic commensal communities in these ectoparasites

Grant number: 20/11755-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2021
Effective date (End): April 30, 2024
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine - Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Principal Investigator:Darci Moraes Barros-Battesti
Grantee:Ricardo Bassini Silva
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias (FCAV). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Jaboticabal. Jaboticabal , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Among the mites of medical-veterinary importance, the families Trombiculidae and Macronyssidae, which parasitize bats, are poorly studied, especially their participation in the epidemiological chain of pathogens, some of which cause serious diseases. Chigger mites have about 70 species recorded for Brazil. Of these, only eight have already been found parasitizing bats, while of the 26 species of macronyssids assigned to the country, 15 of them were collected from this same host. The importance of the mites of these two families, as potential vectors in the epidemiological cycle of pathogens, has already been commented on by some authors of the last century. However, the role of these mites in the epidemiology of pathogens has not yet been confirmed. Thus, the present work proposes a detailed study of the identification of these mites deposited in acarological collections, and concomitantly, the material from the tissue banks will be examined and subjected to DNA extraction, as well as the investigation of the presence of pathogens in the mites investigated through real-time and conventional PCR assays, phylogenetic analyzes and New Generation Sequencing (NGS-deep sequencing). Since both families can bite humans and show signs of being possible vectors of pathogens, our proposal includes the study for the entire national territory of these mites, focusing on the specimens collected parasitizing bats. (AU)

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Scientific publications (23)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; ACUNA, FRANCISCO; WELBOURN, CAL; OCHOA, RON; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO. Eutrombicula cochinocaensis n. sp.: a chigger (Trombidiformes: trombiculidae) parasite of camelids (Cetartiodactyla: camelidae) in Argentina. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. 49, n. 1, p. 6-pg., . (18/24667-8, 19/19853-0, 17/01416-7, 20/11755-6)
DARCI MORAES BARROS-BATTESTI; MARCOS ROGÉRIO ANDRÉ; ESTEVAM GUILHERME LUX HOPPE; GUSTAVO SERON SANCHES; RICARDO BASSINI-SILVA; ANA CLAÚDIA CALCHI; LÍVIA OLIVEIRA ANDRADE; PATRÍCIA PARREIRA PERIN; THIAGO FERNANDES MARTINS; ANA CAROLINA CASTRO-SANTIAGO; et al. Interessantes registros dos carrapatos Ornithodoros rostratus e Amblyomma sculptum parasitando Pteronura brasiliensis na região centro-oeste do Brasil, com informações sobre a investigação de patógenos. Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, v. 33, n. 1, . (19/19853-0, 20/11755-6, 20/05987-1, 20/07826-5, 19/03167-0, 17/01416-7, 18/24667-8, 21/06758-9)
HUANG-BASTOS, MATHEUS; BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; ARBEX, RAFAELA LUIZA; WELBOURN, CAL; OCHOA, RON; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES. Contribution to the knowledge of Quadraseta pazca (Brennan and Jones, 1964) (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae), including new host-association and locality records. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. 48, n. 4-5, p. 6-pg., . (17/01416-7, 20/12444-4, 19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 20/11755-6, 21/01964-0)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO. Reinstatement of Eutrombicula butantanensis (Fonseca, 1932) (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae). Systematic Parasitology, v. N/A, p. 6-pg., . (19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 17/01416-7, 20/11755-6)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; HUANG-BASTOS, MATHEUS; TURCATEL, MAUREEN; WELBOURN, CAL; OCHOA, RON; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO. A NEW GENUS FOR EUSCHOENGASTIA CHISOSENSIS WRENN, BACCUS, AND LOOMIS, 1976 (TROMBIDIFORMES: TROMBICULIDAE). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, v. 123, n. 4, p. 10-pg., . (19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 20/11755-6, 17/01416-7)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; HUANG-BASTOS, MATHEUS; WELBOURN, CAL; OCHOA, RON; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO. Description of Goffacarus n. gen., to Reallocate the Species Euschoengastia latchmani Brennan and Yunker and Euschoengastia obscura Wrenn and Loomis (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae). ACTA PARASITOLOGICA, v. 66, n. 4, p. 1448-1457, . (20/11755-6, 17/01416-7, 18/24667-8, 19/19853-0)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; HUANG-BASTOS, MATHEUS; MORAIS, DRAUSIO HONORIO; ALCANTARA, EDNA PAULINO; AVILA, ROBSON WALDEMAR; WELBOURN, CAL; OCHOA, RON; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO. A new species of Hannemania Oudemans, 1911 (Trombidiformes: Leeuwenhoekiidae) from Brazil. Journal of Natural History, v. 55, n. 19-20, p. 1277-1287, . (20/11755-6, 18/24667-8, 17/01416-7, 19/19853-0)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; HUANG-BASTOS, MATHEUS; WELBOURN, CAL; OCHOA, RON; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO. Description of Goffacarus n. gen., to Reallocate the Species Euschoengastia latchmani Brennan and Yunker and Euschoengastia obscura Wrenn and Loomis (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae). ACTA PARASITOLOGICA, . (20/11755-6, 19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 17/01416-7)
BASSINI-SILVA, R.; ZAMPAULO, R. A.; WELBOURN, C.; OCHOA, R.; BRESCOVIT, A. D.; BARROS-BATTESTI, D. M.; JACINAVICIUS, F. C.. A new genus and two new species of chigger mites (Trombidiformes: Leeuwenhoekiidae) from Brazilian caves with notes about the genus Whartonia Ewing, 1944. Journal of Natural History, v. 56, n. 29-32, p. 17-pg., . (19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 20/11755-6, 17/01416-7)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; SCOPEL, WANESSA; LIMA, ELISON F. B.; SILVA-NETO, ALBERTO MOREIRA; WENZEL FLECHTMANN, CARLOS HOLGER; WELBOURN, CAL; OCHOA, RONALD; BRESCOVIT, ANTONIO DOMINGOS; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO CASTRO. Charletonia rocciai Treat and Flechtmann, 1979 (Trombidiformes: Erythraeidae): larval redescription and new records for Brazil. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. N/A, p. 9-pg., . (19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 17/01416-7, 20/11755-6)
PERLES, LIVIA; BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO CASTRO; BARRETO, WANESSA TEIXEIRA GOMES; DE MACEDO, GABRIEL CARVALHO; MARTINS, FILIPE SANTOS; HERRERA, HEITOR MIRAGLIA; MACHADO, ROSANGELA ZACARIAS; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES; ANDRE, MARCOS ROGERIO. Contribution to the knowledge of Neotrichodectes (Nasuicola) pallidus (Piaget, 1880) (Phthiraptera: Trichodectidae). VETERINARY PARASITOLOGY- REGIONAL STUDIES AND REPORTS, v. 41, p. 6-pg., . (19/19853-0, 17/01416-7, 20/12037-0, 20/11755-6, 18/24667-8, 19/15150-4)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO; LOURENCO, ELIZABETE CAPTIVO; WELBOURN, CAL; OCHOA, RONALD; FAMADAS, KATIA MARIA; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES. Synonymy of Hooperella spinirostra (Vercammen-Grandjean, 1967) with Hooperella vesperuginis (Brennan and Jones, 1960): redescription based on the types, new locality and host records from Brazil. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. N/A, p. 7-pg., . (18/24667-8, 19/19853-0, 17/01416-7, 20/11755-6)
ASHANI, M. L. S.; GUNATHILAKA, P. A. D. H. N.; PREMARATHNE, B. A. H. R.; CHANDRASENA, T. G. A. N.; JACINAVICIUS, F. C.; BASSINI-SILVA, R.. Annotated checklist of chigger mites (Trombidiformes: Leeuwenhoekiidae, Trombiculidae and Walchiidae) in Sri Lanka. VETERINARY PARASITOLOGY- REGIONAL STUDIES AND REPORTS, v. 34, p. 5-pg., . (19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 20/11755-6, 17/01416-7)
DE LA TORRE SANTANA, PEDRO E.; BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; DOWLING, A. P. G.; ARMAS, LUIS F.. First record of Pellonyssus gorgasi Yunker & Radovsky, 1966 (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae) in Cuba and a new host association. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. 48, n. 2, p. 3-pg., . (17/01416-7, 18/24667-8, 20/11755-6)
HUANG-BASTOS, MATHEUS; ARBEX, RAFAELA LUIZA; BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; WELBOURN, CAL; OCHOA, RON; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES. Synonymy of Quadraseta brennani Goff & Whitaker, 1984 with Quadraseta antillarum (Brennan, 1967) (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae). SYSTEMATIC AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY, v. 27, n. 4, p. 10-pg., . (17/01416-7, 19/19853-0, 21/01964-0, 18/24667-8, 20/11755-6, 20/12444-4)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO; MUNOZ-LEAL, SEBASTIAN; MATURANO, RALPH; TAKATSU, JULIA CARVALHO; TOLESANO-PASCOLI, GRAZIELA VIRGINIA; ALQUEZAR, RENATA D.; LUGARINI, CAMILE; FERREIRA, ARIANE; MOREIRA-LIMA, LUCIANO; et al. Bacterial pathogens' screening in Brazilian chigger mites (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae), with the first report of 'Candidatus Rickettsia colombianensi'-like in avian-associated chiggers. Archives of Microbiology, v. 205, n. 1, p. 8-pg., . (17/01416-7, 21/02295-4, 19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 20/11755-6)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; TAKATSU, JULIA CARVALHO; BERMUDEZ, SERGIO E.; MIRANDA, ROBERTO J.; WELBOURN, CAL; OCHOA, RON; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES; JACINAVICIUS, FERNANDO DE CASTRO. checklist of chiggers (Trombidiformes: Trombiculidae and Leeuwenhoekiidae) of Panam. ACAROLOGIA, . (19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 21/02295-4, 20/11755-6)
RICARDO BASSINI-SILVA; FERNANDO DE CASTRO JACINAVICIUS; ANA CAROLINA CASTRO-SANTIAGO; ASHLEY P.G. DOWLING; MARCOS ROGERIO ANDRÉ; PEDRO M. LINARDI; DARCI MORAES BARROS-BATTESTI. Occurrence of the mite Acanthonyssus proechimys (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae) on a spiny rat in Brazil. Acta Amazonica, v. 52, n. 4, p. 328-330, . (19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 20/11755-6, 17/01416-7)
DE GIOSA, MARCELLO; BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; DE LILLO, ENRICO; MCDONALD, ERIC M.; OCHOA, RONALD. Italian Acarine species intercepted in the United States. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. 47, n. 8, . (18/24667-8, 20/11755-6, 17/01416-7)
BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; CASTRO-SANTIAGO, ANA CAROLINA; CALCHI, ANA CLAUDIA; PERLES, LIVIA; TAKATSU, JULIA CARVALHO; ALENCAR, ISABEL D. C. C.; OCHOA, RONALD; DOWLING, ASHLEY P. G.; WERTHER, KARIN; ANDRE, MARCOS ROGERIO; et al. Sleeping with the enemy: case reports of Ornithonyssus bursa (Berlese, 1888) (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae) causing human dermatitis in Brazil. Parasitology Research, v. 121, n. 9, p. 9-pg., . (21/06758-9, 18/24667-8, 19/15150-4, 21/02295-4, 20/07826-5, 20/11755-6, 19/19853-0, 17/01416-7)
BASSINI-SILVA, R.; TAKATSU, J. C.; PEINADO, L. C.; FAXINA, C.; MOREIRA-LIMA, L.; FISCHER, E.; HINGST-ZAHER, E.; SANTOS, J. C.; MORAES, G. J.; DOWLING, A. P. G.; et al. Mites (Mesostigmata: Melicharidae) associated with hummingbirds (Aves: Trochilidae) in Brazil. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ACAROLOGY, v. 47, n. 8, . (21/02295-4, 20/11755-6, 19/19853-0, 18/24667-8, 17/01416-7)
COSTA OLIVEIRA BRAGA, MARIA DO SOCORRO; COSTA, FRANCISCO BORGES; CALCHI, ANA CLAUDIA; DE MELLO, VICTORIA VALENTE CALIFRE; MONGRUEL, ANNA CLAUDIA BAUMEL; DIAS, CLARA MORATO; BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; SILVA, ELLAINY MARIA CONCEICAO; PEREIRA, JOSE GOMES; RIBEIRO, LARISSA SARMENTO DOS SANTOS; et al. Molecular detection and characterization of vector-borne agents in common opossums (Didelphis marsupialis) from northeastern Brazil. Acta Tropica, v. 244, p. 14-pg., . (20/07826-5, 20/12037-0, 20/11755-6)
CASTRO-SANTIAGO, ANA CAROLINA; LIMA-DUARTE, LEIDIANE; CAMARGO, JAQUELINE VALERIA; DE ALMEIDA, BEATRIZ ROCHA; SIMONS, SIMONE MICHAELA; MATHIAS, LUIS ANTONIO; BASSINI-SILVA, RICARDO; MACHADO, ROSANGELA ZACARIAS; ANDRE, MARCOS ROGERIO; BARROS-BATTESTI, DARCI MORAES. Artificial Feeding of Ornithodoros fonsecai and O. brasiliensis (Acari: Argasidae) and Investigation of the Transstadial Perpetuation of Anaplasma marginale. MICROORGANISMS, v. 11, n. 7, p. 11-pg., . (20/03190-9, 21/06758-9, 19/09915-8, 20/11755-6)

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