Wolbachia re-replacement without incompatibility: potential for intended and unintended consequences.

TitleWolbachia re-replacement without incompatibility: potential for intended and unintended consequences.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
JournalJournal of medical entomology
Volume50
Issue5
Pagination1152-8
ISSN0022-2585
Abstract

Recent releases of mosquitoes infected with different Wolbachia types into Australia have led to conditions that have not been observed naturally and that have not been considered theoretically. In an ongoing public health campaign, two Wolbachia infection types have been introduced, and the infections differ in their fitness cost imposed on the host mosquito. The dynamics of each infection type as it interacts with the indigenous uninfected host population have been previously examined via models and empirical tests. Here we conduct a modeling analysis to predict the dynamics when the two infection types do not remain geographically isolated. The results demonstrate the potential replacement and loss of the more costly infection type, which may not be the desired public health outcome.

Short TitleJ Med Entomol
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