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.
|Title of host publication||Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever|
|Subtitle of host publication||2nd Edition|
|Editors||Duane J. Gubler, Eng Eong Ooi, Subhash Vasudevan, Jeremy Farrar|
|Place of Publication||Wallingford UK|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Aug 2014|