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Evaluating synthetic odours and trap designs for monitoring Anopheles farauti in Queensland, Australia

September 10, 2019 - 15:18 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Bram van de Straat, Alexandra Hiscox, Willem Takken and Thomas R. Burkot
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2019 18:299, 2 September 2019

Monitoring of malaria vectors is important for designing and maintaining effective control interventions as changes in vector-feeding habits can threaten the efficacy of interventions. At present, human landing catches remain the most common method for monitoring malaria vectors of the Anopheles punctulatus complex, including the Anopheles farauti group. The aims of this study were to evaluate the efficacy of different lures and fan-powered traps, including an odour blend that has been demonstrated to be attractive to African anophelines, in Queensland, Australia.

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