Tanzania’s Ifakara Health Institute is investigating the potential of two fungi to control malarial mosquitoes, according to the Institute’s Acting Director Dr Salim Abdulla, interviewed by the country’s Daily News.
Dr Abdulla says that there have already been some encouraging preliminary findings and that over the next two years trials will take place at household level, village level and then on a larger scale. He commented that, “If it will become a success, it could become one of the easiest, safe and effective interventions of controlling malaria infections in the country”.
Dr Abdulla named the species of fungi it is investigating as Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae. This is not the first time that the use of these fungi as biological insecticides has been proposed.
The article (which can be accessed here) also discusses some of the Institute’s other activities, including its work against schistosomiasis and sexually transmitted infections.