Journal article

Modelling the Wolbachia Incompatible Insect Technique: strategies for effective mosquito population elimination

DE Pagendam, BJ Trewin, N Snoad, SA Ritchie, AA Hoffmann, KM Staunton, C Paton, N Beebe

Published : 2020


Abstract The Wolbachia Incompatible Insect Technique (IIT) shows promise as a method for eliminating invasive mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus)(Diptera: Culicidae) and reducing the incidence of vector-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika. Successful implementation of this biological control strategy relies on high-fidelity separation of male from female insects in mass production systems for inundative release into landscapes. Processes for sex-separating mosquitoes are typically error prone, laborious and IIT programs run the risk of releasing Wolbachia infected females and replacing wild mosquito populations. We introduce a simple Markov Population Process (MPP) mo..

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