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Fig. 3 | Parasites & Vectors

Fig. 3

From: The tripartite interactions between the mosquito, its microbiota and Plasmodium

Fig. 3

Alternative models for the study of the mosquito and its microbiota. Besides laboratory conventionally-reared mosquitoes and field-collected mosquitoes, several other microbiota set ups are or may be used to study the mosquito biology. Field bacterial isolates may be used to obtain gnotobiotic mosquitoes, i.e. mosquitoes colonised by known strains of bacteria. Laboratory larvae may be reared in water collected from natural breeding sites, or a first generation of mosquitoes (F1) may be obtained from field collected individuals. Finally, adult mosquitoes may be raised in the laboratory from field collected larvae. None of these models is perfect but each may be more appropriate depending on the aims and requirements of each study. Combining several models may also strengthen experimental work and participate in increasing the reproducibility of results between laboratories

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