An Idea generator grant of the Dutch research agenda (Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda, NWA) has been awarded to Rebecca Halbach, theme Infectious disease and Global Health, for her project “Treating virus infections in mosquitoes – a novel strategy to prevent disease transmission”. In this collaborative project, Rebecca Halbach and Pascal Miesen from the Experimental Virology group and the local biotech company TropIQ, aim to investigate whether treatment of mosquitoes with antiviral compounds can prevent transmission of mosquito-borne viral diseases. Currently, insecticide treatment is still the standard strategy to interfere with virus transmission, yet, it rapidly induces insecticide-resistant mosquitoes and causes collateral damage to pollinating insects. With their proposed innovative approach, the researchers aim to develop an environmentally friendly alternative to stop virus transmission.
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