Volume 94, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



endosymbionts are potentially useful tools for suppressing disease transmission by mosquitoes because can interfere with the transmission of dengue and other viruses as well as causing deleterious effects on their mosquito hosts. Most recent research has focused on the Mel infection, but other infections also influence viral transmission and may spread in natural populations. Here, we focus on the AlbB infection in an Australian outbred background and show that this infection has many features that facilitate its invasion into natural populations including strong cytoplasmic incompatibility, a lack of effect on larval development, an equivalent mating success to uninfected males and perfect maternal transmission fidelity. On the other hand, the infection has deleterious effects when eggs are held in a dried state, falling between Mel and the more virulent MelPop strains. The impact of this infection on lifespan also appears to be intermediate, consistent with the observation that this infection has a titer in adults between Mel and MelPop. Population cage experiments indicate that the AlbB infection establishes in cages when introduced at a frequency of 22%, suggesting that this strain could be successfully introduced into populations and subsequently persist and spread.


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  • Received : 19 Aug 2015
  • Accepted : 03 Nov 2015
  • Published online : 02 Mar 2016

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