Mosquito-killing fungi could help control malaria

Matthew Brian Thomas, Bart G.J. Knols

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Abstract

Two international research groups conducted trials to determine the potential of developing fungal agents to kill mosquitoes as a way to control malaria in areas such as Africa. The first group placed mosquitoes that had taken a blood meal from a rodent model into cardboard pots sprayed with a formulation of Beauveria bassiana in oil for six hours. The experiment reduced the number of mosquitoes able to transmit malaria by a factor of about 80. The second group tested the Metarhizium anisopliae fungus in huts in a village in Tanzania. About 23% of the mosquitoes collected alive in the treated huts over a week period were infected by the fungus, and most died in less than four days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages7-8
Number of pages2
Volume27
No7
Specialist publicationIndustrial Bioprocessing
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry

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