Development of Standardised Mass Rearing Systems for Male Mosquitoes

Objective:

The ultimate goal of this CRP is to develop and standardize cost-efficient mass production procedures for male mosquitoes with fitness and competitiveness levels that match their wild counterparts.

Activities:

Successful application of the Sterile Insect Technique against many pest species has led to resurgence in interest to develop this area-wide control/elimination strategy against mosquito vectors. Autocidal control of mosquitoes to curb disease transmission is not new, and has been applied with varying degrees of success. SIT was successfully implemented in a pilot project against the malaria mosquito albimanus in El Salvador in the 1970s. Since then, scientific advances in the fields of molecular biology, mosquito ecology and behaviour, as well as GIS technology, have improved prospects for mosquito SIT development.

This CRP focused on key gaps in knowledge of mosquito mass rearing and adult maintenance, and included aspects of aquaculture, aquatic microbiology, colonization and mosquito genetics.

Participants:

Ten participating countries: Belgium, France, French Polynesia, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Pakistan, Sudan, Tanzania, and United Kingdom.

Reports:

  • The final Evaluation Report [pdf] summarizes achievements under this five-year CRP (2005 - 2010), and shows the List of Publications [pdf] prepared during the CRP by participating researches.