Journal article

An elusive endosymbiont: Does Wolbachia occur naturally in Aedes aegypti?

Perran A Ross, Ashley G Callahan, Qiong Yang, Moshe Jasper, Mohd AK Arif, Ahmad Noor Afizah, Wasi A Nazni, Ary A Hoffmann

Ecology and Evolution | Wiley | Published : 2020

Abstract

Wolbachia are maternally inherited endosymbiotic bacteria found within many insect species. Aedes mosquitoes experimentally infected with Wolbachia are being released into the field for Aedes‐ borne disease control. These Wolbachia infections induce cytoplasmic incompatibility which is used to suppress populations through incompatible matings or replace populations through the reproductive advantage provided by this mechanism. However, the presence of naturally occurring Wolbachia in target populations could interfere with both population replacement and suppression programs depending on the compatibility patterns between strains. Aedes aegypti were thought to not harbor Wolbachia naturally ..

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Awarded by Wellcome Trust


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Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

Wellcome Trust, Grant/Award Number: 108508; National Health and Medical Research Council, Grant/Award Number: 1118640 and 1132412; Australian Research Council, Grant/Award Number: LE150100083