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Using Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis to Control Mosquito Larvae in Aquaculture (Aedes spp.): An Ecological Control Strategy  

Zhongqi  Wu
Institute of Life Sciences, Jiyang College, Zhejiang A&F University, Zhuji, 311800, China
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Journal of Mosquito Research, 2024, Vol. 14, No. 2   doi: 10.5376/jmr.2024.14.0008
Received: 15 Jan., 2024    Accepted: 25 Feb., 2024    Published: 15 Mar., 2024
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Wu Z.Q., 2024, Using Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis to control mosquito larvae in aquaculture (Aedes spp.): an ecological control strategy, Journal of Mosquito Research, 14(2): 67-75 (doi: 10.5376/jmr.2024.14.0008)


As the threat of mosquito-transmitted diseases to public health continues to intensify, the search for environmentally friendly methods of mosquito control has become a hot topic of research. Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis (Bti), an efficient biocontrol agent, has garnered widespread attention for its role in controlling mosquito larvae in aquaculture environments. This study provides a comprehensive overview of Bti's application strategies, ecological and environmental impacts, challenges, and management approaches, aiming to evaluate its potential as a sustainable strategy for mosquito larva control in aquaculture. The study analysis reveals that Bti exhibits excellent performance in controlling specific mosquito species, yet it also raises concerns such as potential impacts on non-target organisms, the development of resistance, and application costs. There is a need to further enhance the efficiency of Bti's application, explore strategies to mitigate resistance development, and conduct long-term environmental impact assessments. Furthermore, given that a single control method often falls short in addressing complex ecological issues, a comprehensive mosquito management strategy is particularly crucial. Through this in-depth analysis, we aim to provide robust theoretical support for ecological mosquito control in aquaculture and offer new ideas and directions for public health protection efforts.

Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis (Bti); Mosquito larvae; Public Health; Aquaculture; Ecological Control
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