Toxorhynchites species: A review of current knowledge

Donald, C. L. , Siriyasatien, P. and Kohl, A. (2020) Toxorhynchites species: A review of current knowledge. Insects, 11(11), 747. (doi: 10.3390/insects11110747)

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The increasing global incidence of mosquito-borne infections is driving a need for effective control methods. Vector populations have expanded their geographical ranges, while increasing resistance to chemical insecticides and a lack of effective treatments or vaccines has meant that the development of vector control methods is essential in the fight against mosquito-transmitted diseases. This review will focus on Toxorhynchites, a non-hematophagous mosquito genus which is a natural predator of vector species and may be exploited as a biological control agent. Their effectiveness in this role has been strongly debated for many years and early trials have been marred by misinformation and incomplete descriptions. Here, we draw together current knowledge of the general biology of Toxorhynchites and discuss how this updated information will benefit their role in an integrated vector management program.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Donald, Dr Claire and Kohl, Professor Alain
Authors: Donald, C. L., Siriyasatien, P., and Kohl, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Molecular Biosciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity > Centre for Virus Research
Journal Name:Insects
ISSN (Online):2075-4450
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Insects 11(11):747
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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