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Composition of Human Skin Microbiota Affects Attractiveness to Malaria Mosquitoes

  • Niels O. Verhulst mail,

    Niels.Verhulst@wur.nl

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Yu Tong Qiu,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Hans Beijleveld,

    Affiliations: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands, Sub-department of Environmental Technology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Chris Maliepaard,

    Affiliation: Wageningen UR Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Dan Knights,

    Affiliation: Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Stefan Schulz,

    Affiliation: Institut für Organische Chemie, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

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  • Donna Berg-Lyons,

    Affiliation: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Christian L. Lauber,

    Affiliation: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Willem Verduijn,

    Affiliation: Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

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  • Geert W. Haasnoot,

    Affiliation: Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

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  • Roland Mumm,

    Affiliations: Business Unit Bioscience, Plant Research International, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands, Centre for BioSystems Genomics, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Harro J. Bouwmeester,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Frans H. J. Claas,

    Affiliation: Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands

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  • Marcel Dicke,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Joop J. A. van Loon,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Willem Takken,

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Rob Knight,

    Affiliations: Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

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  • Renate C. Smallegange

    Affiliation: Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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  • Published: December 28, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0028991

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Additional research?

Posted by tonestertm on 26 Jan 2012 at 19:54 GMT

In addition to the benefits stated in the article, it could be enlightening to find the sources for the varied bacterial distributions; environment (were volunteers instructed to pre-sanitize showers where they last showered, and to not step on any surface with the left foot prior to application of the nylon socks) and nutrition (influencing, e.g. skin pH, and sweat composition) prior use of anti-bacterial soaps, possibly selecting for particular bacteria, for example.

No competing interests declared.