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Landscape genomics in latitudinal gradient and ecology of Anopheles darlingi

Grant number: 19/25269-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2019
Effective date (End): July 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Parasitology - Entomology and Malacology of Parasites and Vectors
Principal researcher:Maria Anice Mureb Sallum
Grantee:Marina Edwiges Orefice Rangel
Home Institution: Faculdade de Saúde Pública (FSP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/26229-7 - Latitudinal landscape genomics and ecology of Anopheles darlingi, AP.TEM


The primary vector involved in the dynamics of malaria transmission in the Amazon Region, Anopheles darlingi, is capable of rapidly adapting to microgeographic changes resulting from new environmental conditions, such as those found in agricultural settlement. Therefore, the presence of this mosquito represents a major threat to human health in Latin America. The presented proposal will examine three biological aspects of An. darlingi, which have been underestimated, aiming to identify the main mechanisms responsible for the success of the vector in the pathogen transmission: plasticity and habitat specialization.