TDR research on vector control and ecosystem management
Innovative vector control interventions
TDR is leading research into disease-specific vector control interventions for a range of vector-borne diseases. For a complete description of research activities. Particular projects and activities include the following:
- Development and evaluation of morphological and molecular methods for preventing re-infestation by the primary Chagas disease vector, triatomine bugs. These will help support gains already made in Chagas elimination campaigns.
- Improved methods for targeted and integrated dengue vector control.
Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT)
- Improved trapping methods and control strategies for the main HAT vector, the tsetse fly (e.g. bait technology, odour release systems and trapping materials).
- Exploitation of the genome of the tsetse fly, Glossina morsitans, for development of new vector control tools.
- Improving integrated malaria vector control approaches, e.g. evidence-based approach for integrated malaria vector control suitable for large-scale implementation
- Best practice guidance for the deployment of genetically modified malaria vectors
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL)
- Evaluation and development of vector control tools and strategies in India, Bangladesh and Nepal to support VL elimination.