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Title: Plant-based strategies for mosquito control

item Muturi, Ephantus
item GADNER, ALLISON - University Of Maine
item ALLAN, BRIAN - University Of Illinois

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/20/2017
Publication Date: 2/24/2017
Citation: Muturi, E.J., Gadner, A., Allan, B.F. 2017. Plant-based strategies for mosquito control. Meeting Abstract.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Mosquitoes transmit some of the most devastating emerging infectious diseases of humans, domestic animals, and wildlife. Although vector control by use of chemical insecticides has played an important role in prevention and management of these diseases, their sustained use remains questionable due to evolution of insecticide resistance and public concerns regarding their harmful effects on humans and the environment. These concerns have led to a growing need to develop safe and effective alternatives to chemical insecticides. Plant-based biopesticides are favored over chemical insecticides because they are rapidly degraded and lack persistence and bioaccumulation in the environment. However, despite their proven ability to control mosquitoes and other biting insecticides, their application in mosquito control is limited. In this talk, I will discuss a simple and naturally occurring plant-based strategy for mosquito control that can be improved technologically and implemented as an integral component of integrated vector management program.