Identifying biotic interactions which drive the spatial distribution of a mosquito community
Nick Golding, Miles A Nunn, Bethan V Purse
Parasites and Vectors | BMC | Published : 2015
BACKGROUND: Spatial variation in the risk of many mosquito-borne pathogens is strongly influenced by the distribution of communities of suitable vector mosquitoes. The spatial distributions of such communities have been linked to the abiotic habitat requirements of each constituent mosquito species, but the biotic interactions between mosquitoes and other species are less well understood. Determining which fauna restrict the presence and abundance of key mosquito species in vector communities may identify species which could be employed as natural biological control agents. Whilst biotic interactions have been studied in the laboratory, a lack of appropriate statistical methods has prohibite..View full abstract
Awarded by Natural Environment Research Council
We thank Steffi Schafer for advice whilst planning the fieldwork and identifying mosquito larvae, David Morley and Stephen Harris for help with plant identification and Bob O'Hara, Marianne Sinka, David Rogers and an anonymous reviewer for helpful comments on drafts of the manuscript. This work was funded by the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology National Capability allocation.