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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).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ross N. Cuthbert
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Guest Editor
School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, BT9 5DL, UK
Interests: predator–prey interactions; aquatic ecosystems; environmental change
Dr. Tatenda Dalu
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Guest Editor
Department of Ecology and Resource Management, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa; South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown, South Africa
Interests: trophic ecology; environmental monitoring and assessment; plankton ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Biological control
  • Vector mosquitoes
  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Functional response
  • Predator–prey interactions
  • Environmental change

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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