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Laboratory of Inherited Symbionts for Vector Control

Lab Inherited Symbionts for Vector Control - Mancini


Referent: Maria Vittoria Mancini (RTd-B)



Mosquito-borne diseases, including arboviruses, cause enormous suffering and mortality across the globe and are notoriously difficult to control.
Since vaccines and preventive therapies are still ineffective, attempts to reduce the global incidence of dengue fever and the spread of recent chikungunya, Zika and yellow fever virus outbreaks have focused on targeting the vector.
We investigate the native microbiota, with a special focus on inherited symbionts of mosquitoes and their interactions with the hosts. The ultimate aim is to use them to control mosquito populations and to block the transmission of pathogens within the insect vector, and therefore provide novel disease control approaches.