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author = {Gregory, N and Ewers, RM and Chung, AYC and Cator, LJ},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pntd.0009525},
journal = {PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases},
title = {Oil palm expansion increases the vectorial capacity of dengue vectors in Malaysian Borneo},
url = {},
volume = {16},
year = {2022}

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AB - Changes in land-use and the associated shifts in environmental conditions can have large effects on the transmission and emergence of mosquito-borne disease. Mosquito-borne disease are particularly sensitive to these changes because mosquito growth, reproduction, survival and susceptibility to infection are all thermally sensitive traits, and land use change dramatically alters local microclimate. Predicting disease transmission under environmental change is increasingly critical for targeting mosquito-borne disease control and for identifying hotspots of disease emergence. Mechanistic models offer a powerful tool for improving these predictions. However, these approaches are limited by the quality and scale of temperature data and the thermal response curves that underlie predictions. Here, we used fine-scale temperature monitoring and a combination of empirical, laboratory and temperature-dependent estimates to estimate the vectorial capacity of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes across a tropical forest-oil palm plantation conversion gradient in Malaysian Borneo. We found that fine-scale differences in temperature between logged forest and oil palm plantation sites were not sufficient to produce differences in temperature-dependent demographic trait estimates using published thermal performance curves. However, when measured under field conditions a key parameter, adult abundance, differed significantly between land-use types, resulting in estimates of vectorial capacity that were 1.5 times higher in plantations than in forests. The prediction that oil palm plantations would support mosquito populations with higher vectorial capacity was robust to uncertainties in our adult survival estimates. These results provide a mechanistic basis for understanding the effects of forest conversion to agriculture on mosquito-borne disease risk, and a framework for interpreting emergent relationships between land-use and disease transmission. As the burden of Ae. albopictus-vectored d
AU - Gregory,N
AU - Ewers,RM
AU - Chung,AYC
AU - Cator,LJ
DO - 10.1371/journal.pntd.0009525
PY - 2022///
SN - 1935-2727
TI - Oil palm expansion increases the vectorial capacity of dengue vectors in Malaysian Borneo
T2 - PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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VL - 16
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