Buruli ulcer

Professor Richard W. Merritt

Nationality: American

E-mail: merrittr@msu.edu

Present position

  • Chairperson, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, United States of America

Areas of expertise/interest

General research interests focus on aspects of the biology and ecology of aquatic invertebrates. Major research efforts have been directed toward the following areas:

  • Population dynamics of immature aquatic insects and their response to selected environmental factors
  • Filter-feeding ecology, trophic relationships, behavior, and nutritional relationships of larval aquatic insects
  • Animal-microbial interactions influencing detrital processing by macroinvertebrates in the stream and floodplain
  • The effects of marine-derived nutrients on aquatic insect community structure in South-East Alaska
  • Biomonitoring and assessment of streams, rivers, and wetlands using macroinvertebrates
  • The effects of Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) and other microbial insecticides on non-target organisms in lotic and lentic habitats
  • Forensic entomology

Recent publications

  • Merritt RW, Benbow ME, Small PLC. Unraveling an emerging disease associated with disturbed aquatic environments: the case of Buruli ulcer. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2005, 3: 323-331. [Abstract]
  • Johnson PD, Stinear T, Small PL, Pluschke G, Merritt RW, Portaels F, Huygen K, Hayman JA, Asiedu K. Buruli ulcer (M. ulcerans infection): new insights, new hope for disease control. PLoS Med. 2005 Apr;2(4):e108. Epub 2005 Apr 26. [Abstract/Free full text]
  • Marsollier L, Severin T, Aubry J, Merritt RW, Saint Andre JP, Legras P, Manceau AL, Chauty A, Carbonnelle B, Cole ST. Aquatic snails, passive hosts of Mycobacterium ulcerans. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2004 Oct;70(10):6296-8. [Abstract/Free full text]
  • Mosi L, Williamson H, Wallace JR, Merritt RW, Small PL. Persistent association of Mycobacterium ulcerans with West African predaceous insects of the family belostomatidae. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2008 Nov;74(22):7036-42. Epub 2008 Oct 3. [Abstract/Free full text]
  • Benbow ME, Williamson H, Kimbirauskas R, McIntosh MD, Kolar R, Quaye C, Akpabey F, Boakye D, Small P, Merritt RW. Aquatic invertebrates as unlikely vectors of Buruli ulcer disease. Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Aug;14(8):1247-54. [Abstract/Free full text]
  • Wagner T, Benbow ME, Burns M, Johnson RC, Merritt RW, Qi J, Small PL. A Landscape-based model for predicting Mycobacterium ulcerans infection (Buruli Ulcer disease) presence in Benin, West Africa. Ecohealth. 2008 Mar;5(1):69-79. Epub 2008 Feb 8. [Abstract/Free full text]
  • Williamson HR, Benbow ME, Nguyen KD, Beachboard DC, Kimbirauskas RK, McIntosh MD, Quaye C, Ampadu EO, Boakye D, Merritt RW, Small PL. Distribution of Mycobacterium ulcerans in Buruli Ulcer Endemic and Non-Endemic Aquatic Sites in Ghana. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2008 Mar 26;2(3):e205. [Abstract/Free full text]