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From science to appliance -

A feasibility study on a novel strategy for mosquito control in Kenya

Since 2005 a novel strategy for the control mosquitoes has been investigated by scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ in Leipzig (Germany): Biological insecticides in combination with natural competitors are, by way of comparison, environmentally friendly and reduce treated mosquito populations in a long-lasting, sustainable way! This novel approach has been successfully tested in artificial ecosystems, in German wetlands and also in a field experiment in Cameroon.

In collaboration with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology - ICIPE in Nairobi (Kenya), a feasibility study has been designed now to investigate the applicability of the new approach and to provide a basis for it's integration into existing and new strategies for malaria and mosquito control in Kenya. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany.


Recent publications

Meyabeme A, Duquesne S, Liess, M. 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.

Duquesne S., Kroeger I., Kutyniok M., Liess M. 2011

The Potential of Cladocerans as Controphic Competitors of the Mosquito Culex pipiens. J. Med. Entomol. 48 (3): 554-560.

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