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#1  Postby Macdoc » May 31, 2019 2:28 pm

GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests
By James Gallagher
Health and science correspondent, BBC News

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A fungus - genetically enhanced to produce spider toxin - can rapidly kill huge numbers of the mosquitoes that spread malaria, a study suggests.
Trials, which took place in Burkina Faso, showed mosquito populations collapsed by 99% within 45 days.
The researchers say their aim is not to make the insects extinct but to help stop the spread of malaria.
The disease, which is spread when female mosquitoes drink blood, kills more than 400,000 people per year.


https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48464510

Might be a horror movie in this .....giant mosquitos with fangs attack New York...:coffee:

Seriously tho that is an amazing piece of science.

The trial of modified mozzies worked well here

An Australian City Beats Dengue Fever Using Special Mosquitoes ...

Aug 2, 2018 - The Townsville test is not the first trial of the Wolbachia method, but it is ... by creating genetically modified mosquitoes resistant to carrying the ..

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-ne ... 180969857/

That's just down the coast from home in Cairns where we get the occasional dengue breakout.
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#2  Postby felltoearth » May 31, 2019 2:36 pm

This is pretty awesome. Where do mosquitoes sit in the food chain in Burkino Faso, though?
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#3  Postby Spearthrower » May 31, 2019 5:28 pm

felltoearth wrote:This is pretty awesome. Where do mosquitoes sit in the food chain in Burkino Faso, though?



They've expressly said they won't be targeting the eradication of mosquitoes knowing well the ecological impact it would have, but rather to target malarial outbreaks. Incidentally, the trials in BF were conducted inside an enclosed system, not in the wild.
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#4  Postby Ironclad » Jun 01, 2019 1:47 pm

What eats mozzies anyway, they're so small. Tiny birds and maybe spiders?
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#5  Postby Spearthrower » Jun 01, 2019 2:32 pm

Small birds and bats and various insects eat the adult mosquitoes, while amphibians, other insects and various aquatic animals eat their larvae. They're a pretty significant basal source of food.
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