The Effect of Nonrandom Mating on Wolbachia Dynamics: Implications for Population Replacement and Sterile Releases in Aedes Mosquitoes
Heng Lin Yeap, Nancy Margaret Endersby-Harshman, Ary Anthony Hoffmann
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE | AMER SOC TROP MED & HYGIENE | Published : 2018
Wolbachia bacteria are known to cause deviations from random mating and affect sperm competition (SC) in some of their arthropod hosts. Because these effects could influence the effectiveness of Wolbachia in mosquito population replacement and suppression programs, we developed a theoretical framework to investigate them and we collected relevant data for the wMel infection in Aedes aegypti. Using incompatibility patterns as a measure of mating success of infected versus uninfected mosquitoes, we found some evidence that uninfected males sire more offspring than infected males. However, our theoretical framework suggests that this effect is unlikely to hamper Wolbachia invasion and has only ..View full abstract
This project was funded by a grant and a fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council to AAH.