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Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
AtomIcarus
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Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
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(CNN)In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland.

The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika.
In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast.
The sterile male mosquitoes didn't bite or spread disease, but when they mated with wild females, the resulting eggs didn't hatch, and the population crashed.

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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
And next....Humans!
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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
What were the effects on the animals that eat the mosquitoes?
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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
AtomIcarus  Wrote: (07-11-2018 07:08 AM)
https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/10/australia...index.html


(CNN)In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland.

The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika.
In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast.
The sterile male mosquitoes didn't bite or spread disease, but when they mated with wild females, the resulting eggs didn't hatch, and the population crashed.

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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
Who counted all those Mozzies ?? Scream1
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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
FYI male mosquitoes never bite, it's always the females as they need protein to breed.
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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
DooMCooN  Wrote: (07-11-2018 08:10 AM)
LoP Guest  Wrote: (07-11-2018 08:04 AM)
Quite the hate filled POS aren't you !

I wonder what got me hating asstrailians so much. Scratchinghead

Put the Flagon down and get a job !
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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
NormalIsSubjective  Wrote: (07-11-2018 07:26 AM)
What were the effects on the animals that eat the mosquitoes?

that was my first thought also...

I suppose it depends on the bacteria used to make the mosquitoes sterile.

Barn swallows...bats.

Wonder if they are monitoring their population?

And just how in the heck do mosquitoes breed?

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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
LoP Guest  Wrote: (07-11-2018 08:27 AM)
NormalIsSubjective  Wrote: (07-11-2018 07:26 AM)
What were the effects on the animals that eat the mosquitoes?

that was my first thought also...

I suppose it depends on the bacteria used to make the mosquitoes sterile.

Barn swallows...bats.

Wonder if they are monitoring their population?

And just how in the heck do mosquitoes breed?

Mosquito porn chuckle

Queensland is in the tropics, no barn swallows and the bats carry hendra virus.
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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
NormalIsSubjective  Wrote: (07-11-2018 07:26 AM)
What were the effects on the animals that eat the mosquitoes?

Who gives a shìt!


They can find a new snack.. mosquitoes are evil.
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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
They dare not let up tho, that remaining 20% will breed back up fast !
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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
I read something once, but I haven't been able to find it again, but the gist of it was that mosquitoes were essential to a sound ecosystem. Something about how they were directly correlated to genetic diversity. Anyway.
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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
Kill them all. If the food chain gets screwed let those things die too, worth it.
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RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
AtomIcarus  Wrote: (07-11-2018 07:08 AM)
https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/10/australia...index.html


(CNN)In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland.

The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika.
In JCU laboratories, researchers bred almost 20 million mosquitoes, infecting males with bacteria that made them sterile. Then, last summer, they released over three million of them in three towns on the Cassowary Coast.
The sterile male mosquitoes didn't bite or spread disease, but when they mated with wild females, the resulting eggs didn't hatch, and the population crashed.

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I thought you were a big wet blanket who cries over animals. Where's your empathy for the mosquitoes?
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borg RE: Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes
NormalIsSubjective  Wrote: (07-11-2018 07:26 AM)
What were the effects on the animals that eat the mosquitoes?

You're not supposed to ask that question !





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