Our scientists, in collaboration with international and local partners have been studying mosquitoes and their behaviour on the Cassowary Coast. The team’s research efforts are now wholly focused on the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses.
Global response to a global problem
Mosquitoes are a global problem that require a global collaborative response. CSIRO has been studying mosquitoes for many years, considering new methods to reduce populations.
CSIRO is excited to start working with Verily (a Google affiliate) and James Cook University to expand our studies in Innisfail to confirm that new technologies will reduce mosquito populations in large urban landscapes.
Our multi-disciplinary team of international biologists, entomologists and social scientists are partnering together to provide a collaborative approach to tackling mosquito-borne viruses.
Mark, Release, Recapture study
Our scientists, in collaboration with international and local partners have been studying mosquitoes and their behaviour on the Cassowary Coast since November 2015. This work has included Mark, Release, Recapture studies and has helped inform new ways to reduce invasive populations of mosquitoes that can transmit diseases. The team’s research efforts for 2017/18 are now wholly focused on the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses.
The long-term goal of our research is to show that we can suppress and even remove the invasive Aedes aegypti mosquito from the urban landscape. In 2017, we are planning studies on the Cassowary Coast that will involve releasing sterile male mosquitoes and testing tools. We’re helped in our ability to do this by the science conducted at James Cook University, Cairns and the tools that Verily’s engineers are developing in their labs in the USA. These studies would only proceed following extensive engagement with and support from communities and with government regulatory approval. See FAQs – Releasing sterile males.
Field studies in 2017 releasing sterile male mosquitoes
It is hoped to begin the first release of sterile male mosquitoes in the community of Silkwood in May 2017. This will involve releasing sterile male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes; testing new tools to do this, refining mathematical models and monitoring mosquito numbers.
Following this initial study we will identify further communities in the Innisfail area where extensive engagement with residents and stakeholders will be undertaken, before confirmation of larger studies involving the release of sterile male mosquitoes may be carried out towards the end of 2017.
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