Journal article

Impacts of Low Temperatures on Wolbachia (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae)-Infected Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae)

Meng-Jia Lau, Perran A Ross, Nancy M Endersby-Harshman, Ary A Hoffmann

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ENTOMOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

In recent decades, the occurrence and distribution of arboviral diseases transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes has increased. In a new control strategy, populations of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia are being released to replace existing populations and suppress arboviral disease transmission. The success of this strategy can be affected by high temperature exposure, but the impact of low temperatures on Wolbachia-infected Ae. aegypti is unclear, even though low temperatures restrict the abundance and distribution of this species. In this study, we considered low temperature cycles relevant to the spring season that are close to the distribution limits of Ae. aegypti, and tested the ef..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Wellcome Trust


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by National Health and Medical Research Council (1132412, 1118640, www.nhmrc.gov.au) and the Wellcome Trust (108508, wellcome.ac.uk) for financial support. We also thank Cameron Patrick from Statistical Consulting Centre and Melbourne Statistical Consulting Platform, the University of Melbourne, for his statistical advice.