How many microbiologists does it take to change a light bulb? None, as it turns out - the dozens of attendees at June's Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars (JAMS) at the Australian Museum waited patiently through a short blackout for drinks, snacks, and three servings of fresh scientific discussion.
Unravelling the complexities of mosquito-borne disease.
While the nuisance-biting and public health risks associated with mosquitoes are well known, the biological and environmental complexities that influence those risks are rarely appreciated. Australia has a diverse mosquito fauna and the risks to public health caused by the transmission of disease-causing pathogens such as Ross River virus or Barmah Forest virus can be influenced by an equally diverse range of factors. This presentation will explore how mosquito biology and ecology, local wildlife, environmental and climatic factors, wetland rehabilitation strategies, urban planning and human behaviour can all influence the risks of mosquito-borne disease.