The bacteria Wolbachia pipiens can induce a phenomena called cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) in mosquitoes. In this, the sperm from Wolbachia-infected males can produce inviable progeny in females not carrying that strain of Wolbachia. Thus males can actually sterilize females of their own species creating a population suppression tool called an Incompatible Insect technique (IIT). A wPip strain has been found in Queensland mosquito Aedes notoscriptus. This project will further investigate this mosquito to determine the wPip frequency in natural populations and determine if the Wolbachia strain shows the CI phenotype.

Supervisor: Dr Nigel Beebe