Nature of 22 july 2010 features an article called a world without mosquitoes. The author seems to think that mosquitoes are only a nuisance ( causing malaria, yellow fever etc) and that eradication would not have serious consequences for the ecosystem. One argument posed is that most mosquitoe eating birds would switch to other insects. Another line of reasoning goes as follows: thousands of plant species depend on mosquitoes for pollination. But pollination isn't crucial for crops on which humans depend. The only thing we want from mosquitoes is for them to go away. And according to entomologist Joe Conlon they (mosquitoes) don't occupy an unassailable niche in the environment. My question: how do malaria researchers feel about programmes aimed at eradication of mosquitoes??