Toxic Fungi Raise Hopes in Fight Against Malaria
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.
The Conversation Africa, 30 May 2019
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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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