Biological control of dengue and wolbachia-based strategies

Francesca D. Frentiu, Thomas Walker, Scott L. O'Neil

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This book chapter describes a number of biological control methods that currently exist, or are under development, which target the dengue vector Aedes aegypti. These include biological agents that are natural predators of mosquito larvae, such as copepods, and entomopathogenic bacteria (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) and fungi. Also, the chapter reviews the transinfection of Aedes aegypti with the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis to reduce dengue virus transmission while minimizing social and environmental harm. It examines the effects of Wolbachia infection on A. aegypti, Wolbachia's ability to invade mosquito populations, community support for Wolbachia-based biological control, and future perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever
Subtitle of host publication2nd Edition
EditorsDuane J. Gubler, Eng Eong Ooi, Subhash Vasudevan, Jeremy Farrar
Place of PublicationWallingford UK
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781845939649
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2014

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