Risky agriculture

Over 94% of Madagascar's original forests have been lost due to slash-and-burn agricultural practices (also known as tavy). These land-use alterations can create ideal mosquito breeding habitats and increase exposure of Malagasy people and wildlife to mosquito-borne diseases. The goal of our mosquito research is to identify malaria and filariasis hotspots around the eastern rainforests of Ranomafana National Park, and identify risk factors that contribute to infection. In particular, we are working on projects that examine:

  • The evolutionary history of lymphatic filariasis in Madagascar
  • Mosquito-borne infections in lemurs and other wildlife
  • The effect of land-use alteration on the ecology of mosquito-borne diseases and their vectors 
  • Can endemic wildlife (and conservation efforts) be used as a form of mosquito biocontrol? 

                                 Team Moka! Our amazing field entomologists.

A day gecko snuck into one of our mosquito traps one night and ate like a king! This gecko then became an honored member of our team when we realized that it ate everything except for the mosquitoes! Thank you for sorting insects for us!


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