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Anopheles gut microbiota provide possibilities for the development of new strategies to prevent transmission of malaria

Nilsson, Louise (2014). Anopheles gut microbiota provide possibilities for the development of new strategies to prevent transmission of malaria. Uppsala: (NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
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, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Introductory research essay

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Every year, millions of people around the world are affected by malaria and many die from it. Attempts at eliminating and eradicating malaria have been made for over a hundred years but not succeeded, even though progress has been made. The most used prevention methods today are insecticides and drugs. However, the threat of resistance development in the mosquitoes and the parasites are forcing science to find new ways to prevent transmission and disease. One area of research involves the midgut bacteria of the vector mosquitoes. It has been shown that this has an effect on the parasite development. Studies have shown that there is a big diversity of bacteria found and different studies identify different numbers and different species of bacteria. The methods used for identifying the microbiota however has changed with technical development that might explain some of the differences observed. The identification of the midgut microbiota and what determines it, will hopefully lead to the identification of bacteria that can be used in one way or another to block the transmission of parasites in the malaria mosquitoes. A bacterium that has been suggested for disease reduction is Wolbachia, which modifies the host reproduction in order to spread. The identification of new malaria prevention methods is an opportunity to improve the lives of millions and the study of malaria-mosquito midgut bacteria might help towards this.

Authors/Creators:Nilsson, Louise
Title:Anopheles gut microbiota provide possibilities for the development of new strategies to prevent transmission of malaria
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Series Name/Journal:Introductory research essay
Year of publishing :2014
Page range:2-21
Number of Pages:20
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Publication Type:Report
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X38 Human medicine, health, and safety
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Microbiology (Microbiology in the medical area to be 30109)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 303 Health Sciences > Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Agrovoc terms:anopheles, malaria, parasitoses, bacterioses, disease transmission, disease control, human diseases
Keywords:Gut microbiota, Paratransgenesis, Anopheles, Malaria
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ID Code:12780
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: Ms Louise Nilsson
Deposited On:12 Nov 2015 14:19
Metadata Last Modified:14 Sep 2020 12:21

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