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The AnoRep project targets the reproductive biology of An. gambiae mosquitoes, to provide a deeper knowledge of the processes regulating reproduction in this species, to identify novel targets and to develop innovative approaches for the control of natural populations. In…

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The research activities planned for the AnoRep project required the involvement of qualified research staff to carry out the planned experimental activities. The team includes postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and research assistants. Principal Investigator Prof.ssa Flaminia Catteruccia (PI), Associate Professor,…

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The results of the AnoRep project will be disseminated at conferences, seminar, publications and other communication means. Publishable Summary In the first term of this project, male and female factors that play key roles in shaping the reproductive success of…

Africa is the most affected malaria endemic country.

More than 90% of the over 1 million deaths of malaria due to infections with Plasmodium Falciparum occur in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Malaria endemic countries

The most important causative agent of malaria is Plasmodium Falciparum parasite. An.gambiae mosquitoes are the most efficient vector for the transmission. Malaria is endemic in equatorial countries, in areas of Americas and Asia, and mostly in Africa. Malaria is present in tropical regions where rainfall, high temperatures and humidity, contribute to create the ideal environment for mosquitoes to breed. Current strategies aimed at tackling malaria rely extensively on the control of vector populations in the field, mainly through the use of insecticide indoor residual sprays and insecticide-impregnated bednets. However, insurgence of resistance in mosquitoes and the lack of novel insecticidal compounds are major hurdles in the fight against malaria, and novel ideas and tools are urgently needed.