The bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia pipientis, more commonly referred to as Wolbachia, represents a promising agent of mosquito biological control that could potentially reduce mortality and morbidity associated with mosquito-transmitted pathogens including the parasites that cause malaria, and the viruses that cause dengue, chikungunya, and West Nile fever. Recent evidence also suggests Wolbachia could be an effective means to limit transmission of Zika virus-a fact that will likely lead to more widespread use of the bacterium in mosquito control. In this chapter we will discuss potential approaches and issues associated with using Wolbachia as a disease-control agent in mosquitoes.
|Title of host publication
|Vector Microbiome and Innate Immunity of Arthropods
|Number of pages
|Published - Apr 27 2017
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Agricultural and Biological Sciences