Special Issue "Mosquito–Microbiota Interactions: Ecology, Evolution and Consequences for Pathogen Transmission"
A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 7740
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquitoes are the greatest threat to public health. Their ability to carry and spread diseases to humans causes millions of deaths every year. In the absence of a vaccine for most mosquito-borne pathogens, prevention efforts are currently limited to vector control measures, which have proven difficult to sustain in the long term. In this context, integrated studies on the biology of mosquito vectors are needed to support the development of innovative control strategies. It is now recognized that the biology of a host cannot be fully understood without taking into account its associated microbiota. In the past, numerous studies have described the mosquito-associated microbiota in terms of species composition and their variation factors. In recent years, there has been a growing interest to decipher the biological functions shared by associated microbes. It has become clear that the symbiotic microbiota of mosquito vectors play an important role in their vectorial capacity. Importantly, the native gut microbiota of mosquitoes can modulate their vector competence for human pathogens. However, the mechanisms underlying these complex multipartite interactions (host–microbiota–infectious pathogens) remain to be deciphered. The microbial gut communities of mosquitoes could contribute to several other biological functions which deserve further exploration. Moreover, deciphering the intricate interactions between microbes, host, and environment is challenging as environmental factors may also impact the outcome of these interactions. A more integrative research approach is needed to clarify how mosquito-associated microbiota can mediate ecologically important traits and thereby contribute to mosquito biology.
For this Special Issue of the journal Pathogens, we would like to invite submissions of research papers, review articles, or short communications presenting recent advances related to our knowledge of mosquito–microbiota interactions in terms of microbiota and evolution, manipulation of microbiota, microbiota functions, environmental impacts on mosquito–microbiota, molecular mechanisms of interactions, and strategies for mosquito control. I look forward to your contributions!
Assoc. Prof. Claire Valiente-Moro
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- mosquito control
- microbiota diversity and functions
- mosquito–microbiota co-evolution
- pathogen interference
- influence of environment
- microbial network interactions