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Researchers from the Universit de Lyon work on the ability of adult mosquitoes to transmit human pathogens

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Researchers from the Institut Pasteur and CNRS, in collaboration with scientific teams from IRD, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, and CIRMF in Gabon, have demonstrated that differential bacterial exposure during the development of mosquito larvae influence the ability of adult mosquitoes to transmit human pathogens.


Laura Dickson. Copyright Institut Pasteur.

This study, published in the scientific journal Science Advances on August 16th 2017, represents an important step toward a more comprehensive understanding of how the environment shapes the risk of vector-borne disease.

The French research labs involved in this study are: the Insect-Virus Interactions Group (CNRS/Institut Pasteur), the MIVEGEC (“Maladies infectieuses et vecteurs : écologie, génétique, évolution et contrôle”) research unit (CNRS/IRD/Université de Montpellier), and the Microbial ecology lab (CNRS/Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1/Inra/Vetagro Sup).

The study was funded by the French government’s Investissement d’Avenir program, the LabEx IBEID (Laboratoire d’Excellence Integrative Biology of Emerging Infectious Diseases), the Agence nationale de la recherche, the City of Paris Emergence(s) program in Biomedical Research, and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS).

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