Cross-Generational Effects of Heat Stress on Fitness and Wolbachia Density in Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes
Isabelle Jia-Hui Foo, Ary A Hoffmann, Perran A Ross
TROPICAL MEDICINE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE | MDPI | Published : 2019
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia symbionts are now being released into the field to control the spread of pathogenic human arboviruses. Wolbachia can spread throughout vector populations by inducing cytoplasmic incompatibility and can reduce disease transmission by interfering with virus replication. The success of this strategy depends on the effects of Wolbachia on mosquito fitness and the stability of Wolbachia infections across generations. Wolbachia infections are vulnerable to heat stress, and sustained periods of hot weather in the field may influence their utility as disease control agents, particularly if temperature effects persist across generations. To investigate..View full abstract
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This research was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, grant numbers 1132412 and 1118640 and the Australian Research Council, grant number LE150100083.