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Mosquito control using native predators and other novel environmentally friendly methodologies

Project Description

Project details:

Mosquitoes cause unparalleled mortality in human/animal populations through vectoring of pathogens/parasites. Biological control of mosquitoes has often failed due to use of exotic species agents and lack of effective research on complex species interactions. Chemical/physical control has also failed due, for example, to residual toxicity and non-target effects. Here, we will utilize advances in species interaction research methods, such as assessing synergies generated by multiple predator effects, using experimental designs/analyses developed at QUB. For example, combinations of native notonectids, copepods and gammarids may provide effective larval mosquito control. In addition, we are developing novel biosecurity techniques, such as application of dry ice, steam and disinfectants (Virkon) in potential mosquito egg control. The student will utilize our purpose built mosquito breeding facility, wherein we can produce immense numbers of adults, larvae and eggs of multiple mosquito species for e.g. functional response (predator-prey) experiments, utilizing an array of local predators that have reprentatives around the globe. Biosecurity experiments, such as the use of steam to kill mosquito eggs and widely used and available disninfectants to kill mosquito larvae, will assess single and multiple synergistic biosecurity measures. The project will also benefit from our collaborations at University of Reading and SAIAB South Africa.

This project will be supervised by Professor Jaimie Dick and Dr Domhnall Jennings of Queen’s University School of Biological Sciences.

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All applicants must meet the academic entry requirements:

Funding Notes

Only UK and EU students are eligible to apply. Before applying, it is strongly recommended that you read the full information on eligibility criteria available from DfE: View Website.

Please note in particular that not all successful applicants may be eligible to receive a full studentship (i.e. fees and stipend) - please read in detail the Residency and Citizenship requirements in the document linked to above.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.40

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