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Scholte, E. J.,Ng'habi, K.,Kihonda, J.,Takken, W.,Paaijmans, K.,Abdulla, S.,Killeen, G. F.,Knols, B. G.
Science (New York, N.Y.)
An entomopathogenic fungus for control of adult African malaria mosquitoes
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Animals Anopheles/*microbiology/parasitology/physiology Culex/microbiology/physiology Female Housing *Hypocreales/pathogenicity/physiology Insect Vectors/*microbiology/parasitology/physiology Longevity Malaria/prevention & control/transmission Male *Mitosporic Fungi/pathogenicity/physiology Models, Biological *Pest Control, Biological Plasmodium Spores, Fungal Tanzania
Biological control of malaria mosquitoes in Africa has rarely been used in vector control programs. Recent developments in this field show that certain fungi are virulent to adult Anopheles mosquitoes. Practical delivery of an entomopathogenic fungus that infected and killed adult Anopheles gambiae, Africa's main malaria vector, was achieved in rural African village houses. An entomological inoculation rate model suggests that implementation of this vector control method, even at the observed moderate coverage during a field study in Tanzania, would significantly reduce malaria transmission intensity.
1095-9203 (Electronic) 00
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