Wolbachia goes to work in the war on mosquitoes

S. Ong,  Nature,  598:S32-s34. 2021.

There are two approaches to tackling dengue with Wolbachia. The first involves releasing only modified male mosquitoes. Since 2015, this strategy has been successfully adopted in Singapore and Guangzhou, China, and in parts of the United States, such as Miami, Texas and California. Because eggs produced from unmodified females that mate with modified males do not hatch, the number of mosquitoes in the community is greatly reduced. The second approach, used by some cities in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil and Australia, among others, involves releasing modified mosquitoes of both sexes. The infected females pass the bacteria to their offspring. Over time (several months to years, depending on characteristics of the release site), the modified mosquitoes replace the native population.

More related to this:

Wolbachia as a possible means of driving genes into populations

Number of Project Wolbachia mosquitoes released is constantly reviewed to maintain suppression of dengue: NEA

Vector control: Discovery of Wolbachia in malaria vectors

Wolbachia and cytoplasmic incompatibility in mosquitoes

Before genetically modified mosquitoes are released, we need a better EPA