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Eva Buckner - University of Florida. Vero Beach, FL, US

Eva Buckner

Assistant Professor/State Extension Specialist | University of Florida


Eva Buckner researches mosquitoes and mosquito control efforts.


Eva Buckner is an assistant professor in the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. She researches mosquitoes and mosquito control efforts and provides extension services to the public, mosquito control programs and public health professionals. After hurricanes, she works directly with affected communities and mosquito control programs to try to get information and resources to those in need.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Mosquito Control Programs

Mosquito-Borne Viruses

Human Health



Media Appearances (6)

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes — What’s The Real Story?

Pest Control Technology  online


The document clarifies and details what genetic modifications have been made to the mosquitoes released to reduce the survival of the species, adds co-author Eva Buckner, an assistant professor and medical entomology UF/IFAS Extension specialist at the UF/IFAS Research and Education Center in Vero Beach. It also provides information on successful experiments of this technology in other parts of the world.

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How to get rid of mosquitoes, and other tips for dealing with these pesky insects

The Washington Post  online


If you think mosquitoes zero in on you, you’re probably not imagining it. “Mosquitoes do find certain people more attractive than others, and there are a variety of reasons for that, and most of them we cannot control, unfortunately,” said Eva Buckner, an assistant professor and medical entomology state extension specialist at the University of Florida.

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8 best insect repellents: DEET and DEET-free bug sprays

NBC News  online


During the warmer months, bug bites — like sunburns — are sometimes an unfortunate consequence of spending time outdoors. But bites from mosquitoes, ticks and other insects can be much more than just irritating or itchy — they can carry illnesses like malaria and Lyme disease, too.

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Thousands of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Are Being Released in Florida—Here's Why

Health  online


Mosquito fun fact: Only female mosquitoes bite people—the males eat flower nectar, Eva Buckner, PhD, a medical entomology extension specialist at the University of Florida, tells Health. [...] This method has already been used in Brazil and “led to a 95% reduction in the local Aedes aegypti mosquito population,” Buckner says. “The efficacy of this technology has been demonstrated in prior small field trials,” she adds.

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Micro Wave: Why Mosquitoes Bite You More Than Your Friends

NPR  radio


We talked to two medical entomologists, Eva Buckner at the University of Florida and Laura Harrington at Cornell University, to figure out why some mosquitoes bite certain people more than others. It turns out, mosquitoes might be picking up on a wide range of cues to home in on their human prey.

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West Nile alerts scientists, residents to outbreak containment

Hometown News Brevard  online


"We have been collecting mosquito eggs from what are Florida's domestic mosquito species," Dr. Buckner said. "They're a species that tends to live near humans. They take advantage of humans. They'll blood-feed from humans, make larva habitats for their developments,"

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Articles (5)

A Field Efficacy Evaluation of In2Care Mosquito Traps in Comparison with Routine Integrated Vector Management at Reducing Aedes aegypti

Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association

Eva Buckner, et al.


Aedes aegypti is the predominant vector of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses. This mosquito is difficult to control with conventional methods due to its container-inhabiting behavior and resistance to insecticides. Autodissemination of pyriproxyfen (PPF), a potent larvicide, has shown promise as an additional tool to control Aedes species in small-scale field trials. However, few large-scale field evaluations have been conducted.

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A Magnetic-Bead-Based Mosquito DNA Extraction Protocol for Next-Generation Sequencing

Journal of Visualized Experiments

Tse-Yu Chen, et al.


The study provides a budget-friendly magnetic-bead-based DNA extraction protocol, which is suitable for low to medium throughput. The protocol described here was successfully tested using individual Aedes aegypti mosquito samples. The reduced costs associated with high quality DNA extraction will increase the application of high throughput sequencing to resource limited labs and studies.

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Under-the-Radar Dengue Virus Infections in Natural Populations of Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes


Sean M. Boyles, et al.


The incidence of locally acquired dengue infections increased during the last decade in the United States, compelling a sustained research effort concerning the dengue mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti, and its microbiome, which has been shown to influence virus transmission success. We examined the "metavirome" of four populations of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes collected in 2016 to 2017 in Manatee County, FL.

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Quantification of permethrin resistance and kdr alleles in Florida strains of Aedes aegypti (L.) and Aedes albopictus (Skuse)

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Alden S. Estep, et al.


While pyrethroid resistance is common in Ae. aegypti worldwide and testing is recommended by CDC and WHO, resistance to this class of products has not been widely examined or quantified in Florida. To address this information gap, we performed the first study to quantify both pyrethroid resistance and genetic markers of pyrethroid resistance in Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus strains in Florida.

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Evaluating the Vector Control Potential of the In2Care® Mosquito Trap Against Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus Under Semifield Conditions in Manatee County, Florida

Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association

Eva A. Buckner, et al.


The In2Care® mosquito trap was recently developed to target and kill larval and adult stages of these invasive container-inhabiting Aedes mosquitoes by utilizing autodissemination. We assessed the efficacy of the In2Care mosquito trap in a semifield setting against locally sourced strains of Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus.

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