Dutra HL, Dos Santos LM, Caragata EP, Silva JB, Villela DA, Maciel-de-Freitas R, Moreira LA

From lab to field: the influence of urban landscapes on the invasive potential of Wolbachia in Brazilian Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.  

PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Apr 23;9(4):e0003689. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003689

This paper examines key phenotypic effects of the wMel Wolbachia strain in laboratory Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with a Brazilian genetic background, and analyses the effects of different urban landscapes on the likelihood of mosquito survival. Through analysis of laboratory, field and mathematical data, the authors show that the wMel strain of Wolbachia possesses the characteristics required to spread effectively in different urban socio-demographic environments in Rio de Janeiro.

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