Death by fungus provides solution

Research undertaken by Professor Tariq Butt (Department of Biosciences) and his team could have far-reaching implications for the control of mosquito larvae across the world.

Mosquito Advances WalesAs reported in “Advances Wales”, their study into the mechanisms by which the insect pathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae kills mosquito larvae, demonstrates that the fungus infection processes that occur for terrestrial insects do not apply for the mosquito larvae. The research as shown that the fungus is able to kill the larvae without germinating which results in a stress-related and fast ‘accidental death’

Advances Wales, page 21