It has recently been proposed that mosquito vectors of human diseases, particularly malaria, may be controlled by spraying with fungal biopesticides that increase the rate of adult mortality.

Though fungal pathogens do not cause instantaneous mortality they can kill mosquitoes before they are old enough to transmit disease.

A model is developed..

(i) to explore the potential for fungal entomopathogens to reduce significantly infectious mosquito populations,

(ii) to assess the relatively value of the many different fungal strains that might be used, and

(iii) to help guide the tactical design of vector control programmes.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Proceedings B is the Royal Society's flagship biological research journal, dedicated to the rapid publication and broad dissemination of high-quality research papers, reviews and comment and reply papers. The scope of journal is diverse and is especially strong in organismal biology.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

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