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Declining malaria, rising of dengue and Zika virus: insights for mosquito vector control
TLDR
The emerging scenario highlights that the effective and eco-friendly control of mosquito vectors, with special reference to highly invasive species such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, is crucial. Expand
Essential Oils as Ecofriendly Biopesticides? Challenges and Constraints.
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Key challenges for future research include: development of efficient stabilization processes, simplification of the complex and costly biopesticide authorization requirements, and optimization of plant growing conditions and extraction processes leading to EOs of homogeneous chemical composition. Expand
Plant-mediated biosynthesis of nanoparticles as an emerging tool against mosquitoes of medical and veterinary importance: a review
  • G. Benelli
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Parasitology Research
  • 2015
TLDR
This review focuses on characterization, effectiveness, and non-target effects of mosquitocidal nanoparticles synthesized using botanical products (mosquitocidal Nanoparticles, MNP), and particular attention was dedicated to this issue. Expand
Parasitoid learning: Current knowledge and implications for biological control
TLDR
Current knowledge on the associative learning abilities of both immature and adult parasitoids are reviewed, highlighting how the inclusion of associative training with visual and olfactory stimuli in mass-rearing protocols might be exploited to enhance the efficiency of biological control agents against a given target pest. Expand
Research in mosquito control: current challenges for a brighter future
  • G. Benelli
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Parasitology Research
  • 21 June 2015
TLDR
Some crucial challenges about eco-friendly control of mosquito vectors are focused on, mainly the improvement of behavior-based control strategies (sterile insect technique (SIT) and “boosted SIT”) and plant-borne mosquitocidals, including green-synthesized nanoparticles. Expand
Cymbopogon citratus-synthesized gold nanoparticles boost the predation efficiency of copepod Mesocyclops aspericornis against malaria and dengue mosquitoes.
TLDR
Overall, low doses of AuN may help to boost the control of Anopheles and Aedes larval populations in copepod-based control programs. Expand
Characterization and biotoxicity of Hypnea musciformis-synthesized silver nanoparticles as potential eco-friendly control tool against Aedes aegypti and Plutella xylostella.
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This study adds knowledge on the toxicity of seaweed borne insecticides and green-synthesized AgNP against arthropods of medical and agricultural importance, allowing us to propose the tested products as effective candidates to develop newer and cheap pest control tools. Expand
Green synthesized nanoparticles in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases and cancer-a brief review.
  • G. Benelli
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Enzyme and microbial technology
  • 1 December 2016
TLDR
The current knowledge available about green synthesized nanoparticles with efficacy against mosquito-borne diseases and cancer is focused on, with special reference to the chemical standardization of the botanical extracts used for nanosynthesis and the potential effects on green fabricated nanoparticles on non-target organisms. Expand
Acute larvicidal toxicity of five essential oils (Pinus nigra, Hyssopus officinalis, Satureja montana, Aloysia citrodora and Pelargonium graveolens) against the filariasis vector Culex
TLDR
The results add useful knowledge to allow the employ of synergistic essential oil blends as effective, cheap and eco-friendly mosquito larvicides. Expand
Biological Control of Mosquito Vectors: Past, Present, and Future
TLDR
This review outlines non-insecticide based strategies that have been implemented or are currently being tested, and highlights the use of mosquito behavioural knowledge that can be exploited for control strategies. Expand
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