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:

Chagas disease

  • 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.