Studies on the Structure and Function of the Salivary Gland of the Tick Amblyomma Variegatum (Fabricius, 1794)

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1983
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JAMLECK JAPHET MIANO MUTUGI
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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This thesis comprises of 3 sections. The first concerns the general biology and maintenance of the tick A. variegaturn (Fabricius, 1794) in the laboratory. An attempt was made to accurately assess the • engorgement state of the nymphal stage using the ratio of the cube root of weight to the square root of the Scut~ surface area -~-, - as a S2 more sensitive measure of the state of engorgement than weight alone. This ratio (RSE) can form a base line useful for the accurate assessment of host resistance to tick infestation.
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