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Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking

A mosquito.

Stanford University researchers are seeking citizen scientists to contribute to a mosquito-monitoring platform.

Credit: Orkin

Researchers at Stanford University's Prakash Lab are seeking citizen scientists to contribute to Abuzz, a mosquito-monitoring platform aimed at producing the world's most detailed map of mosquito distribution.

Participants will use cellphones to record and submit the buzz of a mosquito, which should enable almost anyone to participate.

The goal is for Abuzz to create a map that depicts when and where the most dangerous species of mosquitoes are most likely to be present, which could lead to highly targeted and efficient control efforts.

After participants submit the audio files, the researchers take the raw signal and reduce background noise. They then run it through an algorithm that matches the specific buzz with the species that is most likely to have produced it.

After the species is identified, the researchers send the person who submitted the recording information about the mosquito and mark every recording on a map, showing where and when that species was sighted.

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