Evolutionary response of dengue and chikungunya viruses to a novel biocontrol method

Project dates: 2012-07-05 00:00:00 - 2016-09-30 00:00:00

Dengue and chikungunya are mosquito-transmitted viruses that present significant public health threats to Australia and the Asia-Pacific. This project will investigate whether dengue and chikungunya can adapt in response to a bacterium that limits replication of the viruses in the mosquito. The research will provide critical data to inform new mosquito control methods aimed at breaking the virus transmission cycle. More broadly, the research will allow us to understand how viruses adapt to strategies aimed at limiting their replication.

Funding / Grants

  • National Health and Medical Research Council


Dr Francesca Frentiu, arbovirus transmission researcher