Aaargh midges: but Scotland's bitey critters may hold the key to malaria

A Jennifer Mordue, James Logan

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Even among the greatest enthusiasts for visiting Scotland in the summertime, few would miss the ravenous midge. Culicoides impunctatus is a persistent biter of outdoor types, occurring in vast numbers in some of the most beautiful parts of the countryside.

But if midges make it harder to enjoy the Scottish outdoors, there may soon be an important consolation. Work began by researchers several decades ago to help understand why they prefer certain types of people is informing new research into another bloodsucker whose feeding habits can be deadly: the mosquito. If it succeeds, the results could make a big difference in the battle against malaria.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2017

Bibliographical note

James Logan receives funding from the Medical Research Council.

A. Jennifer Mordue does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


  • Malaria
  • Dengue
  • Scotland
  • Mosquitoes
  • Zika
  • Midges
  • Loch Ness
  • Insect repellents


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