A new resting trap to sample fungus-infected mosquitoes, and the pathogenicity of Lecanicillium muscarium to culicid adults

Luz, Christian, Mnyone, Ladslaus L., Sangusangu, Robert, Lyimo, Issa N., Rocha, Luiz F.N., Humber, Richard A. and Russell, Tanya L. (2010) A new resting trap to sample fungus-infected mosquitoes, and the pathogenicity of Lecanicillium muscarium to culicid adults. Acta Tropica, 116 1: 105-107.


Author Luz, Christian
Mnyone, Ladslaus L.
Sangusangu, Robert
Lyimo, Issa N.
Rocha, Luiz F.N.
Humber, Richard A.
Russell, Tanya L.
Title A new resting trap to sample fungus-infected mosquitoes, and the pathogenicity of Lecanicillium muscarium to culicid adults
Journal name Acta Tropica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-706X
1873-6254
Publication date 2010-10
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.actatropica.2010.05.001
Volume 116
Issue 1
Start page 105
End page 107
Total pages 3
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Some soil-dwelling entomopathogenic fungi that are widely used in pest control are also able to reduce the survival of adult mosquito vectors under laboratory conditions. However, there is still little information about the naturally occurring fungal pathogens affecting culicid mosquitoes. As such, we hypothesized that fungi that already kill mosquitoes in realistic domestic environments could be effective against these vectors in human habitations. A simple, inexpensive, handmade, cylindrical kiln-fired clay pot (30. cm height, 24. cm inner diameter, 0.8-1. cm wall thickness) was modified into a trapping device for resting adult mosquitoes and to sample fungus-infected moribund and dead individuals. The entomopathogenic fungus Lecanicillium muscarium was isolated from a dead culicid mosquito collected with this trap in southeastern Tanzania. This isolate is the first L. muscarium reported to occur naturally on adult culicids in Tanzania and was found to be pathogenic also to adults of Aedes aegypti, Anopheles arabiensis and Culex quinquefasciatus under laboratory conditions. The trapping device confirmed its efficacy to sample mosquito-specific fungi in domestic locations and that the isolated fungus might have potential for mosquito control. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Keyword Biological control
Entomopathogenic fungi
Mosquitoes
Tanzania
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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