Enhancing tsetse fly refractoriness to trypanosome infection - a new IAEA coordinated research project

J. Van Den Abbeele, K. Bourtzis, B. Weiss, C. Cordon-Rosales, W. Miller, A.M. Abd-Alla, A. Parker

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    To date, IAEA-supported Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) projects for tsetse and trypanosomiasis control have been in areas without human sleeping sickness, but future projects could include areas of actual or potential human disease transmission. In this context it would be imperative that released sterile tsetse flies are incompetent to transmit the disease-causing trypanosome parasite. Therefore, development of tsetse fly strains refractory to trypanosome infection is highly desirable as a simple and effective method of ensuring vector incompetence of the released flies. This new IAEA Coordinated Research Project (CRP) focuses on gaining a deeper knowledge of the tripartite interactions between the tsetse fly vectors, their symbionts and trypanosome parasites. The objective of this CRP is to acquire a better understanding of mechanisms that limit the development of trypanosome infections in tsetse and how these may be enhanced.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Invertebrate Pathology
    Issue numberS1
    Pages (from-to)S142-S147
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Protozoal diseases
    • Sleeping sickness
    • Trypanosomiasis-African
    • Nagana
    • Trypanosoma brucei gambiense
    • Vectors
    • Tsetse flies
    • Glossina morsitans
    • Control
    • Sterile insect technique
    • Molecular cloning
    • Strains
    • Vectorial competence
    • Symbionts
    • Research
    • Host-parasite relationship
    • Review of the literature


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