Aedes aegypti control: The concomitant role of space, competition and transgenic technologies

Yakob, Laith, Alphey, Luke and Bonsall, Michael B. (2008) Aedes aegypti control: The concomitant role of space, competition and transgenic technologies. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45 4: 1258-1265. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2008.01498.x

Author Yakob, Laith
Alphey, Luke
Bonsall, Michael B.
Title Aedes aegypti control: The concomitant role of space, competition and transgenic technologies
Formatted title
Aedes aegypti control: The concomitant role of space, competition and transgenic technologies
Journal name Journal of Applied Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-8901
Publication date 2008-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2008.01498.x
Volume 45
Issue 4
Start page 1258
End page 1265
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
1 Over 2 billion people are currently at risk of infection with dengue fever. Use of the sterile insect technique (SIT) in controlling the vector, Aedes aegypti, has been recommended but remains a matter of some debate.
2 Density-dependent, time-delay mathematical models are developed to establish the conditions under which a SIT programme can actually increase both isolated and connected mosquito populations. This potential problem is caused by an increased survival of wild-type juvenile stages as a result of the reduction in the density-regulated larval population.
3 The non-spatial model demonstrates that releases that are insufficient to collapse the local population may result in an increase in the mosquito population. The range of release ratios over which this increase occurs is broadened if the sterile males have either reduced mating competitiveness or incomplete sterility.
4 The release of insects carrying a dominant lethal gene (RIDL) that is tailored to act at the late larval stage is a recently proposed modification of the SIT. Simulations suggest that pest suppression is more effective with these ‘RIDL males’ than with conventional sterile males. As with the SIT, collapse of the simulated pest population is more restricted by the inclusion of residual fertility of the released males than it is by a reduced mating competitiveness.
5 When migration between simulated populations can occur, the release of sterile males can have significantly detrimental effects to areas neighbouring the control zone. Increased connectivity between the target zone and surrounding populations can act to increase the non-target pest populations further. This undesirable effect was not evident in simulations based on the use of RIDL.
6 Synthesis and applications. As the sterile insert technique, and related genetic advances, are increasingly considered as tools for pest management, it is important to consider their wider ecological implications, in particular with respect to areas neighbouring a targeted control. Although results presented here focus on the primary vector of dengue fever, they are clearly applicable to the management of any spatially distributed insect pest with over-compensatory population dynamics.
Keyword Aedes aegypti
Biological control
Mathematical model
Pest management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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