Incursion pathways of theAsiantiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) intoAustraliacontrast sharply with those of the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti)
Thomas L Schmidt, Jessica Chung, Anthony R van Rooyen, Angus Sly, Andrew R Weeks, Ary A Hoffmann
Pest Management Science | JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: Understanding pest incursion pathways is critical for preventing new invasions and for stopping the transfer of alleles that reduce the efficacy of local control methods. The mosquitoes Aedes albopictus (Skuse) and Ae. aegypti (Linnaeus) are both highly invasive disease vectors, and through a series of ongoing international incursions are continuing to colonise new regions and spread insecticide resistance alleles among established populations. This study uses high-resolution molecular markers and a set of 241 reference genotypes to trace incursion pathways of Ae. albopictus into mainland Australia, where no successful invasions have yet been observed. We contrast these results w..View full abstract
The authors thank Qiong Yang and Katie Robinson for molecular laboratory assistance. The authors thank Esther Anderson, Ashley Callahan, Gerhard Ehlers, Joe Davis and Odwell Muzari for sample collection. The authors also thank the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment for providing funding for this work. AAH was supported by Programme and Fellowship grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). TLS and AAH were also supported by the Wellcome Trust UK.