The Center for Vector Biology has been established to provide research and information for the citizens of New Jersey about insects and the diseases they carry and transmit. The Center interprets and disseminates data collected by county agencies for surveillance of mosquito vectors and their infection rates for Eastern Equine and West Nile viruses. Regional population trends for mosquitoes are also reported on a weekly basis.
This center is the transformation of the Mosquito Research Unit within the Department of Entomology at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Working closely with mosquito professionals in all 21 counties, along with the New Jersey departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection, and Health and Senior Services, the Center continues strong traditions forged in the early 1900's with the works of J. B. Smith. This long standing research and control program truly marks Rutgers as the Birthplace of Vector Biology and Control.