Transmission success of the malaria parasite Plasmodium mexicanum into its vector: role of gametocyte density and sex ratio.

@article{Schall2000TransmissionSO,
  title={Transmission success of the malaria parasite Plasmodium mexicanum into its vector: role of gametocyte density and sex ratio.},
  author={Jos J. Schall},
  journal={Parasitology},
  year={2000},
  volume={121 Pt 6},
  pages={575-80}
}
The life-cycle of Plasmodium depends on transmission of the parasite from the vertebrate host into its vector when the insect takes a bloodmeal. Transmission success may depend in part on the parasite's gametocyte density and sex ratio in the blood. P. mexicanum, a parasite of fence lizards in California, USA, exploits the sandfly Lutzomyia vexator as its vector. In experimental transmissions using naturally infected lizards as donors of blood, transmission success (measured as percentage of… CONTINUE READING