Measuring the Host-Seeking Ability of Aedes aegypti Destined for Field Release
Meng-Jia Lau, Nancy M Endersby-Harshman, Jason K Axford, Scott A Ritchie, Ary A Hoffmann, Perran A Ross
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene | AMER SOC TROP MED & HYGIENE | Published : 2020
Host seeking is an essential process in mosquito reproduction. Field releases of modified mosquitoes for population replacement rely on successful host seeking by female mosquitoes, but host-seeking ability is rarely tested in a realistic context. We tested the host-seeking ability of female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes using a semi-field system. Females with different Wolbachia infection types (wMel-, wAlbB-infected, and uninfected) or from different origins (laboratory and field) were released at one end of a semi-field cage and recaptured as they landed on human experimenters 15 m away. Mosquitoes from each population were then identified with molecular tools or through minimal dusting with f..View full abstract
Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council
Awarded by Wellcome Trust
A. A. H. was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (1132412, 1118640, www.nhmrc.gov.au) and the Wellcome Trust (108508, wellcome.ac.uk).