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Wolbachia laboratory in Merida, fully operational

In Partnership with the Autonomous University of Yucatan (Mexico), we inaugurated the Laboratory of Biological Control for Aedes aegypti (LCB). The facility has two main areas: office area with 138m2 and the mass-rearing area (Laboratory) with 237m2. The installed capacity allow to produce 3 million incompatible/sterile Ae. aegypti males per week. The facility include a Wolbaki multifunctional X-ray irradiator (WBK-P0002-B1), with capacity to sterilize millions of mosquitoes for SIT interventions.

We describe our project here:

Che-Mendoza A, Martin-Park A, Chávez-Trava JM, Contreras-Perera Y, Delfín-González H, González-Olvera G, Leirana-Alcocer J, Guillermo-May G, Chan-Espinoza D, Pavia-Ruz N, Méndez-Vales RE, Alcocer-Gamboa A, Correa-Morales F, Palacio-Vargas J, Zhang D, Vazquez-Prokopec GM, Xi Z, Manrique-Saide P. 2021. Abundance and Seasonality of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) in Two Suburban Localities of South Mexico, With Implications for Wolbachia (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae)-Carrying Male Releases for Population Suppression. J Med Entomol. Apr 2:tjab052

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