Yeap HL, Axford JK, Popovici J, Endersby NM, Iturbe-Ormaetxe I, Ritchie SA, Hoffmann AA
Assessing quality of life-shortening Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the field based on capture rates and morphometric assessments
Parasites & Vectors, 7:58. doi:10.1186/1756-3305-7-58
This paper examines how infection with the life-shortening
wMelPop strain ofWolbachia affects the fitness of field mosquitoes. Wing size and shape and oviposition success were measured as indicators of fitness. The results confirm the lower fitness of wMelPop-infected mosquitoes in the field, which helps to explain the challenges associated with establishing this strain of Wolbachia.