Journal article

Effects of alternative blood sources on Wolbachia infected Aedes aegypti females within and across generations

Véronique Paris, Ellen Cottingham, Perran Ross, Jason Axford, Ary Hoffmann

Published : 2018

Abstract

ABSTRACT Wolbachia bacteria have been identified as a tool for reducing the transmission of arboviruses transmitted by Aedes aegypti. Research groups around the world are now mass rearing Wolbachia infected Ae. aegypti for deliberate release. We investigated the fitness impact of a crucial element of mass rearing: the blood meal required by female Ae. aegypti to lay eggs. Although Ae. aegypti almost exclusively feed on human blood, it is often difficult to use human blood in disease-endemic settings. When females were fed on sheep or pig blood rather than human blood, egg hatch rates decreased in all three lines tested (uninfected, or infected by w Mel, or w AlbB Wolbachia ). This finding wa..

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