Insect microbial function mining and mosquito control


In recent years, with the implementation of the Human Microbiome Project, microbiota study has become a hot spot in the life science. Bacterial symbionts are widely recognized as important drivers of insect physiology, development, behavior, reproduction, nutrition, and evolution. There are emerging concept to combat pest and diseases using symbiont. Mosquitoes are vectors of many human pathogens including dengue virus, Zika virus, chikungunya virus, yellow fever virus, West Nile virus, Mayaro virus, and malaria. Roughly half of the world’s population is at risk of these diseases, with the highest burden falling on socially and economically disadvantaged populations. In this talk, I will introduce our recent work that elucidated a mechanism of microbiome-driven host resistance to pesticides by demonstrating that there are bacteria in wasps able to metabolize the herbicide atrazine (Cell Host & Microbe, 2020), the mechanism of co-evolution between host genome and microbiota (Science Advances, 2021), and the concept of mosquito control by symbiont and genetic technologies (Nature Communications, 2021).

Speaker: Dr. Guanhong Wang

Affiliation: Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Time: Jan. 11, 2022

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