Wolbachia Infection Reduces Blood-Feeding Success in the Dengue Fever Mosquito, Aedes aegypti

@inproceedings{Turley2009WolbachiaIR,
  title={Wolbachia Infection Reduces Blood-Feeding Success in the Dengue Fever Mosquito, Aedes aegypti},
  author={Andrew Peter Turley and Luciano Andrade Moreira and Scott L O'Neill and Elizabeth A McGraw},
  booktitle={PLoS neglected tropical diseases},
  year={2009}
}
BACKGROUND The mosquito Aedes aegypti was recently transinfected with a life-shortening strain of the endosymbiont Wolbachia pipientis (wMelPop) as the first step in developing a biocontrol strategy for dengue virus transmission. In addition to life-shortening, the wMelPop-infected mosquitoes also exhibit increased daytime activity and metabolic rates. Here we sought to quantify the blood-feeding behaviour of Wolbachia-infected females as an indicator of any virulence or energetic drain… CONTINUE READING

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