Special Issue "Biological Mosquito Control in Aquatic Ecosystems"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: predator–prey interactions; aquatic ecosystems; environmental change
Interests: trophic ecology; environmental monitoring and assessment; plankton ecology
Pathogens and parasites vectored by mosquitoes continue to drive human, livestock, and wildlife disease with little sign of abatement. Population regulation of mosquitoes via natural enemies within communities could contribute to environmentally friendly management efforts. Recent advances have provided metrics to predict and compare the impact of natural enemies using functional and numerical responses, and prey-preference approaches. However, the contributions of many natural enemies towards mosquito population regulation lack quantification, particularly under shifting environmental contexts driven by, for example, climatic warming or habitat change. More research is therefore required to better understand the contributions of biological control agents towards vector control efforts under relevant context-dependencies.
This Special Issue aims to present recent work that examines the efficacies of natural enemies in regulating mosquito populations. In particular, we welcome papers that report quantifications of predatory interaction strengths between novel biological control agents and larval mosquitoes in aquatic environments. Furthermore, studies that integrate key environmental contexts that may mediate interactions between mosquitoes and their natural enemies, as well as population-level effects on predators and prey, are most welcome.
Dr. Ross N. Cuthbert
Dr. Tatenda Dalu
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- Biological control
- Vector mosquitoes
- Aquatic ecosystems
- Functional response
- Predator–prey interactions
- Environmental change