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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A perspective on the impacts of microplastics on mosquito biology and their vectorial capacity
Author(s): Jones, Christopher M
Hughes, Grant L
Coleman, Sylvester
Fellows, Rosie
Quilliam, Richard S
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Keywords: microbiome
Issue Date: 12-Mar-2024
Date Deposited: 22-Mar-2024
Citation: Jones CM, Hughes GL, Coleman S, Fellows R & Quilliam RS (2024) A perspective on the impacts of microplastics on mosquito biology and their vectorial capacity. <i>Medical and Veterinary Entomology</i>.
Abstract: Microplastics (plastic particles <5 mm) permeate aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and constitute a hazard to animal life. Although much research has been conducted on the effects of microplastics on marine and benthic organisms, less consideration has been given to insects, especially those adapted to urban environments. Here, we provide a perspective on the potential consequences of exposure to microplastics within typical larval habitat on mosquito biology. Mosquitoes represent an ideal organism in which to explore the biological effects of microplastics on terrestrial insects, not least because of their importance as an infectious disease vector. Drawing on evidence from other organisms and knowledge of the mosquito life cycle, we summarise some of the more plausible impacts of microplastics including physiological, ecotoxicological and immunological responses. We conclude that although there remains little experimental evidence demonstrating any adverse effect on mosquito biology or pathogen transmission, significant knowledge gaps remain, and there is now a need to quantify the effects that microplastic pollution could have on such an important disease vector.
DOI Link: 10.1111/mve.12710
Rights: © 2024 The Authors. Medical and Veterinary Entomology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Royal Entomological Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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