Parasitology

Research Article

Towards a new role for vector systematics in parasite control

MAGDALENA ZAROWIECKIa1 c1, JOSE R. LOAIZAa2a3 and JAN E. CONNa4a5

a1 Dept. of Zoology, Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, UK

a2 Programa Centroamericano de Maestría en Entomología, Vicerrectoría de Investigación y Postgrado, Universidad de Panamá, Republic of Panama

a3 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa Ancon, Unit 0948, Republic of Panama

a4 Griffin Laboratory, The Wadsworth Centre, New York State Department of Health, Slingerlands, NY, USA

a5 Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York 12222, USA

SUMMARY

Vector systematics research is being transformed by the recent development of theoretical, experimental and analytical methods, as well as conceptual insights into speciation and reconstruction of evolutionary history. We review this progress using examples from the mosquito genus Anopheles. The conclusion is that recent progress, particularly in the development of better tools for understanding evolutionary history, makes systematics much more informative for vector control purposes, and has increasing potential to inform and improve targeted vector control programmes.

(Received October 20 2010)

(Revised February 09 2011)

(Revised March 22 2011)

(Accepted March 23 2011)

(Online publication June 17 2011)

Correspondence:

c1 Corresponding author: Dept. of Zoology, Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, U.K. Tel: 0044-7847129749. Fax: 0044-2079425229. E-mail: mz3@sanger.ac.uk

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