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Mosquito eradication – a fight against wind mills

August 18, 2010 - 16:55 -- Lena Hulden

Human has been successful in the eradication of species as the moa or the dront. The war against mosquitoes started in the beginning of the 20th century and more effort has been put in it than in any other eradication project. Still it has not been very effective. Sardinia was practically covered with DDT after WWII, but it is not unusual to stumble on Anopheles labranchiae there again.

Mosquito monitoring in the Subarctic

August 18, 2010 - 16:39 -- Lena Hulden
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This season I have together with my husband been monitoring bloodsucking insects at the reindeer research station in Kaamanen, Lapland Finland (69˚ N lat.). The station is about 150 km from Barents Sea and the snow smelts in late May. The ground is frozen from October/November until May/June and the depth of the frost is 80 cm. The staff at the station is really friendly and helpful.

Book: Olfaction in vector-host interactions

August 5, 2010 - 19:49 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This is a book authored by 37 experts in this field with a focus on the role of olfaction (the sense of smell) in the multitude of interactions between arthropods and their blood hosts. Half the book deals with malaria vectors, from basic lab studies to open field research on odour-mediated behaviour. The book provides a state-of-the-art account of research in this field.

DFID ready to receive your views on how to tackle malaria

August 5, 2010 - 13:38 -- Bart G.J. Knols

It doesn't happen often that the broader community is requested to shape the direction taken by development organisations. But here is your chance. DFID is consulting anyone interested in malaria to help shape their business plan on how to combat malaria better.

Using the Member Map of MalariaWorld

July 22, 2010 - 18:50 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Subscribers that provide feedback on the MalariaWorld platform at times tell us of the difficulties they have with using the different features. A good opportunity for us to start providing you with more details of what you can do with MalariaWorld. Here I will explore the features of the Member Map.

Can odour-baited mosquito traps help eliminate malaria?

July 15, 2010 - 12:35 -- Fredros Okumu

Current malaria control operations rely heavily on insecticide treated nets (ITNs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS), both of which are insecticide-based and target only mosquitoes that feed or rest inside houses. Although these methods are extremely powerful and have saved many lives, the protection that they confer is insufficient to eliminate malaria in the most endemic regions of Africa.

 

It has long been postulated that complementary methods to build upon these gains could include, among other options, novel technologies derived from synthetic human odors.

 

E-interview with Dr. Badria El-Sayed (Sudan, 1969)

July 4, 2010 - 18:54 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Dr. El-Sayed is currently working at the Tropical Medicine Research Institute (TMRI) in Khartoum, Sudan where she leads the malaria research group. She is responsible for managing malaria research projects, availing national and international financial support for research activities, seeking financial and technical support for rehabilitation and capacity building of the laboratories.

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