Stable establishment of wMel Wolbachia in Aedes aegypti populations in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Warsito Tantowijoyo, Bekti Andari, Eggi Arguni, Nida Budiwati, Indah Nurhayati, Iva Fitriana, Inggrid Ernesia, Edwin W Daniwijaya, Endah Supriyati, Dedik H Yusdiana, Munasdi Victorius, Dwi S Wardana, Hilmi Ardiansyah, Riris Andono Ahmad, Peter A Ryan, Cameron P Simmons, Ary A Hoffmann, Edwige Rancès, Andrew P Turley, Petrina Johnson Show all
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases | Public Library of Science | Published : 2020
The successful establishment of the wMel strain of Wolbachia for the control of arbovirus transmission by Aedes aegypti has been proposed and is being implemented in a number of countries. Here we describe the successful establishment of the wMel strain of Wolbachia in four sites in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. We demonstrate that Wolbachia can be successfully introgressed after transient releases of wMel-infected eggs or adult mosquitoes. We demonstrate that the approach is acceptable to communities and that Wolbachia maintains itself in the mosquito population once deployed. Finally, our data show that spreading rates of Wolbachia in the Indonesian setting are slow which may reflect more limited..View full abstract
This study was funded by Yayasan Tahija (The Tahija Foundation), Indonesia. The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.