Research for the Environment


Sustainable mosquito control

Global change and pesticide resistance are challenging conventional mosquito control.  We integrate the application of larvicides and ecological stressors towards improved, sustainable control strategies.

Conventional mosquito control is based on the application of pesticdes against the larval or the adult stage. However, they can impair numerous non-target species and caused the worldwide spreading of resistant mosquitoes.

Integrated Mosquito ControlWe develop integrated control approaches considering how ecological mechansims can alter the effects of such pesticides. Currently, we focus on the introduction of  competitors combined with the application of the biological larvicide B.t.i.

  • While B.t.i. causes a strong but short-lasting decrease of mosquito larvae, competing makrozooplankton takes time to establish but can then supress the larval development in the long run [1,2].

  • The combination of both effects can efficiently reduce both larval populations and the frequency of required applications.

This approach is constantly refined and its applicability tested under field conditions in Germany and Kenya.

Key Papers

  1. Duquesne S, Kroeger I, Kutyniok M, Liess M, 2011. The Potential of Cladocerans as Controphic Competitors of the Mosquito Culex pipiens. Journal of  Entomology, 48, 554-560.
  2. Meyabeme Elono AL, Liess M, Duquesne S, 2010. Influence of competing and predatory invertebrate taxa on larval populations of mosquitoes in temporary ponds of wetland areas in Germany. Journal of Vector Ecology, 35 (2), 419-427.


Online applications

Recent publication

Becker JM, Liess M 2015. Biotic interactions govern gentic adaptation to toxicants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 282 (1806): published online.


Diversity prevents resistance.


Dept. of System Ecotoxicology
Building 6.0
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Matthias Liess
Tel: +49 341 235-1578

Tel: +49 341 235-1263
Fax: +49 341 235-1785