By genetically arming an already deadly fungal pathogen with a powerful toxin, researchers conducting an experiment in Burkina Faso dramatically reduced the mosquito "field" population in a part of the world where malaria is endemic and mosquitoes are resistant to chemical insecticides.
New Fungi Show Promise in Fighting Malaria
The Conversation Africa, 30 May 2019
Bed nets. Insecticides. Sterile and genetically modified insects. Now scientists are adding a genetically engineered toxic fungus to the arsenal of weapons to wipe out mosquitoes… Read more »
Laboratory Fungus 'Kills 99 Percent of Malaria Mosquitoes'
East African, 31 May 2019
A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests. Read more »
The MosquitoSphere team consists of authors on the paper and local volunteers from Soumousso, Burkina Faso. Back row (from left to right): Etienne Bilgo, Oliver Zida, Bema Ouattara; Middle row: Boureima Saré, Judicael Zida, Brian Lovett, Moussa Ouattara, MichaÏlou Sanfo and Bamory Ouattara; Front row: Yaya Ouattara and Jacques Gnambani.
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