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.
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