Studies on the breeding swarms of Anopheles gambiae complex in malaria control perspective
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Published: 20 October 2010
To reduce malaria transmission through vector control, alternative measures are necessary as transgenic mosquitoes are resistant to Plasmodium and sterile insect technique (SIT) . Both approaches require a fine understanding of the biology of reproduction of Anopheles gambiae complex. This study aims to characterize the swarm structure and several environmental parameters associated with distribution of breeding swams and sites in the south of Benin.
After the survey in field, molecular analyses were done and productive breeding sites, breeding swarms and human habitations positions were integrated into a map using a geographic information system.
Further studies on the swarming and mating system of An. gambiae s.l. need to be conducted to produce a predictive model of swarm distribution to aid malaria eradication strategies based on the use of generalized method of moments and SIT.
We are very grateful to MIM/TDR/WHO for financial support. MIM grant ID: A80690.
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