An entomopathogenic fungus for control of adult African malaria mosquitoes

Ernst Jan Scholte, Kija Ng'Habi, Japheth Kihonda, Willem Takken, Krijn Paaijmans, Salim Abdulla, Gerry F. Killeen, Bart G.J. Knols

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Abstract

Biological control of malaria mosquitoes in Africa has rarely been used in vector control programs. Recent developments in this field show that certain fungi are virulent to adult Anopheles mosquitoes. Practical delivery of an entomopathogenic fungus that infected and killed adult Anopheles gambiae, Africa's main malaria vector, was achieved in rural African village houses. An entomological inoculation rate model suggests that implementation of this vector control method, even at the observed moderate coverage during a field study in Tanzania, would significantly reduce malaria transmission intensity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1641-1642
Number of pages2
JournalScience
Volume308
Issue number5728
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 10 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Scholte, E. J., Ng'Habi, K., Kihonda, J., Takken, W., Paaijmans, K., Abdulla, S., Killeen, G. F., & Knols, B. G. J. (2005). An entomopathogenic fungus for control of adult African malaria mosquitoes. Science, 308(5728), 1641-1642. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1108639