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Inactivation (PDI) of mosquito larvae

Grant number: 18/11158-8
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: September 24, 2018 - October 23, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biophysics - Radiology and Photobiology
Principal Investigator:Mauricio da Silva Baptista
Grantee:Mauricio da Silva Baptista
Visiting researcher: Beate Roeder
Visiting researcher institution: Humboldt University, Germany
Host Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07937-8 - Redoxome - Redox Processes in Biomedicine, AP.CEPID


Globalization and climate change enhances the transmission of life-threatening diseases through mosquitoes from the genre Aedes and Anopheles. The problem is increasing steadily both in America and Europe. The usage of chemical means for the control of mosquitoes and larvae leads to increased resistance to common insecticides. Furthermore, insecticides are a source of side effects and health risk. For those reasons, the development of larvicides based on alternative mechanisms is needed. This project explores the suitability of larval photodynamic inactivation for that purpose (AU)

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