Desiccation resistance among subpopulations of anopheles gambiae s.s. from selinkenyi, Mali

Yoosook Lee, Claudio R. Meneses, Abdrahamane Fofana, Gregory C Lanzaro

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Certain forms of Anopheles gambiae s.s. actively maintain malaria transmission in the driest areas and months of the year because of considerable drought tolerance. We monitored desiccation resistance of F 1 offspring of both the M and S forms of field-collected An. gambiae s.s. Our results indicate that the geographic cline in the distribution of the two forms, as observed in Mali, corresponds to a physiological difference in response to arid environments. In addition, female mosquitoes survived significantly longer than males, enhancing the vector competence for the malaria parasite. Our study supports a genetic link to the drought tolerance phenotype, a phenotype with important consequences to malaria transmission in many places in Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-320
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Entomology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Africa
  • Anopheles gambiae
  • Desiccation resistance
  • Drought tolerance
  • Mali

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • veterinary(all)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Parasitology


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