Special Issue "Mosquito Control"


A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. C. Roxanne Connelly
Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida/IFAS, 200 9th St. SE, Vero Beach, FL 32962, USA
Website: http://mosquito.ifas.ufl.edu/Connelly.htm

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Contemporary mosquito control includes strong surveillance-based programs, use of biological control, source reduction as a first choice, improved targeted applications for control of adult mosquitoes, an increased focus on larviciding, and specific biology-based control methods. Within the last 50 years, dengue has become a global problem, and more recently, chikungunya epidemics have occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, and the Americas. Dengue and chikungunya viruses are vectored by the container mosquito species Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. This special issue will include original research articles and reviews by medical entomologists, mosquito biologists, and mosquito control managers. Articles will focus on the biology and ecology of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, and on modern methods for the control of container mosquitoes.

Prof. Dr. C. Roxanne Connelly
Guest Editor


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  • mosquito control;
  • integrated mosquito management;
  • source reduction of mosquitoes;
  • Aedes aegypti biology and/or control;
  • Aedes albopictus biology and/or control

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Insects 2015, 6(4), 961-976; doi:10.3390/insects6040961
Received: 31 January 2015 / Revised: 15 June 2015 / Accepted: 14 September 2015 / Published: 17 November 2015
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Insects 2015, 6(1), 236-278; doi:10.3390/insects6010236
Received: 17 December 2014 / Revised: 18 February 2015 / Accepted: 10 March 2015 / Published: 23 March 2015
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Insects 2014, 5(4), 991-1000; doi:10.3390/insects5040991
Received: 30 October 2014 / Revised: 4 December 2014 / Accepted: 9 December 2014 / Published: 16 December 2014
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Insects 2014, 5(4), 984-990; doi:10.3390/insects5040984
Received: 16 October 2014 / Revised: 5 November 2014 / Accepted: 3 December 2014 / Published: 12 December 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: The Salivary Biomarkers in the Control of Mosquito-Borne Diseases.
Author: Souleymane Doucoure 1 and Papa Makhtar Drame 2
Affiliations: 1 Institut de Recherche pour le Développement: Unité de Recherche Maladies Infectieuses Tropicales Emergentes, Campus IRD-UCAD, Route des Pères Maristes, BP 1386 Dakar-Sénégal, France; E-Mail: souleymane.doucoure@ird.fr
2 Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA; E-Mail: papa.drame@nih.gov
Abstract: Vector control remains the most effective measure to control and to prevent the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases. However, the standard entomological methods used to evaluate the human exposure to mosquito bites and the effectiveness of control strategies are indirect, labor intensive, and lack of sensitivity in low exposure/transmission areas, thus limiting their widespread use. Studying the human antibody response against the mosquito salivary proteins has provided new biomarkers for a direct and accurate evaluation of the human exposure to mosquito bites, at community and individual levels. In this review, we discuss the development, applications and limit of these biomarkers applied to the control of Aedes and Anopheles-borne diseases.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: Fighting Arbovirus Transmission: Natural and Genetic Control Strategies in Aedes Mosquitoes
Authors: Joy Kean, Stephanie M. Rainey, Melanie McFarlane, Esther Schnettler, Alain Kohl and Emilie Pondeville
Affiliation: MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, Glasgow, Scotland, UK; Emails: Joy.Kean@glasgow.ac.uk; Stephanie.Rainey@glasgow.ac.uk; Melanie.McDonald@glasgow.ac.uk; Esther.Schnettler@glasgow.ac.uk; Alain.Kohl@glasgow.ac.uk; Emilie.Pondeville@glasgow.ac.uk
Abstract: Control of Aedes mosquito vectors either by mosquito population reduction or replacement with refractory mosquitoes may play an essential role in the fight against arboviral infectious diseases. In this review, we focus on the development and application of natural and genetic approaches to limit mosquito arboviral vectorial capacities. The study of mosquito antiviral immunity has led to the identification of a number of host response mechanisms and proteins that are required to control arbovirus transmission in mosquitoes, though more factors influencing vector competence are likely to be discovered. We discuss key aspects of these pathways and targets either for selection of naturally resistant mosquito populations or for mosquito genetic manipulation. Besides, we consider the use of endosymbiotic bacteria such as Wolbachia, which have been proven remarkably efficient in some cases to disrupt arbovirus transmission by mosquitoes, but also the use of natural occurring insect specific viruses that may interfere with arboviruses in mosquito vectors.

Last update: 12 September 2014

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