Two papers came out in the last couple of weeks that concern malaria and mosquitoes. In the first paper, the role of bromeliads as a breeding site for vectors of malaria in South America was examined. A nice example of basic biology and life history work contributing to understanding of human disease.

The second paper in the Malaria Journal tempted me to say “I told you so!”:
Interdependence of domestic malaria prevention measures and mosquito-human interactions in urban Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

“Successful malaria vector control depends on understanding behavioural interactions between mosquitoes and humans, which are highly setting-specific and may have characteristic features in urban environments.”

A great case study of how understanding mosquito biting patterns and the environment is key to understanding how to get the most out of any control method.

(My DDT and insecticide resistance post, in case you want to review)

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!