Mosquitoes are a big nuisance for humans ; spreading diseases to and between us when they blood-feed. A lot of work is being done to reduce the incidence of mosquito-borne diseases. Methods to achieve this consist mainly of reducing the habitat, applying larvicide and biological control agents.
Today, however, it seems clear that current strategies are failing. The incidence of the dengue and malaria is higher than ever.
A new, novel method is to use the endosymbiontic bacteria Wolbachia to reduce the spread of the dengue. Through infecting mosquito populations with Wolbachia the mosquitoe's fitness and ability to spread the virus is reduced.
Previous theoretical work and work with semi-field conditions has been done regarding the introduction and fixation of Wolbachia in the mosquito Aedes aegypti populations. The results from these studies shows that it is possible to succefully introduce and fixate the infection in mosquito populations.
This work strive to establish how introductions can be made effective and how feasible they are in different landscape configurations and in different seasons.
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Last updated: 05/02/13