Microorganisms contaminating ticks collected at natural reserves or wild animals


  • Jamile de Oliveira Pascoal Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Maria Marlene Martins Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Cristiane Silveira de Brito Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Matias Pablo Juan Szabó Universidade Federal de Uberlândia




bacteria, fungi, contamination, ixodidae


This work investigated microorganisms responsible for the contamination and death of ticks from natural reserves and wild animals and later kept in the Laboratory of Ixodology in the Veterinary School of the Federal University of Uberlândia. Such investigation aimed prevention of tick death in the laboratory but also search for microorganisms to be used in the biological control of ticks. From four tick samples of Amblyomma genus, the following agents were isolated: Staphylococus sp, Gram positive bacillus, filamentous fungi of the genera Aspergillus and Penicillium, and a yeast identified as Non-albicans Candida and Cryptococcus sp. Even though the source of contamination of these ticks is uncertain, this study displayed the necessity of to better evaluating the spread of pathogens by ticks, as well as those known to be transmitted solely during tick feeding.


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PASCOAL, J. de O., MARTINS, M.M., DE BRITO, C.S. and SZABÓ, M.P.J., 2015. Microorganisms contaminating ticks collected at natural reserves or wild animals . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 1496–1500. [Accessed12 April 2024]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v31n5a2015-26604. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/26604.



Agricultural Sciences