Developing novel genetic and symbiotic control strategies for the invasive mosquito, Aedes japonicus

Lead Research Organisation: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Department Name: Vector Biology


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Description collaboration with University of Zurich 
Organisation University of Zurich
Country Switzerland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Our team visited the lab of Dr Verhurst at the National Centre for Vector Entomology, within the Insitution of Parasitology, at the University of Zurich. This introductory meeting had several aims which were to gain an understanding of each labs research interests, transfer knowledge regarding Aedes japonicas rearing and virus infections, and understand the ecology of the mosquito and suitable methods to trap these mosquitoes in both urban and rural areas of Switzerland. The initial meeting was a success and we have now developed a pathway forward to develop future collaborations around microbial and genetic control of these mosquitoes. For this visit our group presented our research on wolbachia control, novel genetic engineering process and the influence of the temperature on the microbiome of mosquito vectors. We also shared our experience on viral infection of mosquitoes.
Collaborator Contribution The Verhulst group presented there research on European mosquito vectors, the incursion of Aedes japonicus mosquitoes into Switzerland, olfaction and behavioural assays undertaken in the lab, and methods for working with Aedes japonicus including rearing and trapping.
Impact No outputs so far.
Start Year 2022