Natural Science > Biology > TS-2014-4

Research Title Laboratory and Field Evaluations of Water Bug, Diplonychus rusticus (Hemiptera: Belostomatidae) for the Control of Dengue Mosquito, Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae)
Research Personnel Leader:
Dr. Pio A. Javier

Research Duration Start:
1 May 2012
30 April 2014
Research Location UPLB
Research Description This new study is envisioned to document the voracity of the predator on different larval instar of dengue mosquito wrigglers, mass produce the predator in the laboratory and develop release strategies to efficiently reduce the population of wrigglers in the field. It is hoped that the project could significantly contribute in reducing dengue infection throughout the Philippines. The following are the specific objectives of the project: (1) To study the biology and behavior of water bug, Diplonychus rusticus, (2) To establish the functional response of the different stages of water bug on the different larval instars of A. aegypti, (3) To develop efficient mass rearing technique for water bug, (4) To develop release strategies for efficient control of dengue mosquito, and (5) To evaluate the effectiveness of the water bug in dengue hot spot areas in Quezon City.
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Research Beneficiary(ies) Filipinos living in dengue infection- prone areas
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UP at Los Baños

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Code TS-2014-4
KRA Code Integrity of the environment and climate change adaptation and mitigation
Priority Thrust DOST

Sector Natural Science
Actual Sector Entomology
Related sectors Healthcare