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  • What's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus risk

    Researchers, from left, Ephantus Muturi, Allison Gardner and Brian Allan found that different types of leaf litter in water had different effects on the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

    Researchers, from left, Ephantus Muturi, Allison Gardner and Brian Allan found that different types of leaf litter in water had different effects on the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

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  • Editor's note: To reach Brian Allan, call 217-244-1341; email ballan@illinois.edu
    To reach Allison Gardner, email amgardn2@illinois.edu
    To reach Ephantus Muturi, email emuturi2@illinois.edu

    The paper, “Asymmetric effects of native and exotic invasive shrubs on ecology of the west Nile virus vector Culex Pipiens,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau