Location: Crop Bioprotection ResearchTitle: Entomopathogen susceptibility and host responses of two important mosquito vectors
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/18/2021
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Mosquitoes are one of the most important insects vectors capable of transmitting important human pathogens. Currently, several research efforts under way to develop alternative methods of mosquito control. This seminar presentation will discuss the use of insect pathogens to control two important mosquitoes in Illinois (Ae. albopictus and Culex pipiens). In addition, this talk will discuss the impact of other mosquito-associated microbes on the outcome of a microbial-based control and the mosquito genes that are behind the mosquito resistant to fungal biopesticides.
Technical Abstract: Arthropod-borne pathogens such as dengue virus, Zika and malaria are of public health concern. In addition, the rapid increase in insecticide-resistance calls for the development of novel control approaches. Microbial-based biopesticides are alternative methods currently evaluated in our lab to target two important mosquito vectors in the USA: Ae. albopictus and Cx. pipiens. This presentation will discuss the use of microorganisms to control these two important mosquitoes. Furthermore, this talk will serve as an opportunity to establish future collaborative efforts.