Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Malaria Mosquito Manipulation

  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_4048-1

The finding that Plasmodium infected mosquitos interrupt their blood meals more often than noninfected individuals is interpreted by some authors as active manipulation by the parasites, since repeated short blood meals at different hosts propagate the parasites to a broader spectrum of hosts, which increases the survival rates of a vector-bound parasite.


Survival Rate Broad Spectrum Blood Meal Infected Mosquito Malaria Mosquito 
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Further Reading

  1. Cator LJ et al (2012) Do malaria parasites manipulate mosquitoes? Trends Parasitol 28:466–470CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany