08 Feb '17, 11am

Link at @NEAsg

Link at @NEAsg

Over the past months, a small-scale field study has been carried out at 3 study sites: Braddell Heights, Tampines West and Nee Soon East, to understand the behaviour of male Wolbachia-Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in our urban built-up environment. The study has yielded valuable data on how far and high the male mosquitoes fly (horizontal and vertical dispersal), how long they live (longevity), and how well they compete in the urban environment (mating competitiveness). This information is critical to guide design of the subsequent suppression trial. a) How far and high they fly Horizontal Dispersal Early findings gathered from the Braddell Heights study site showed that the majority (90%) of male Wolbachia-Aedes was caught within 40m from the release point. Vertical Dispersal When released on the ground level, the male Wolbachia-Aedes are able to fly up to higher levels, even ...

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