Mosquitoes kill people by transmitting some of the deadliest human diseases – malaria, dengue fever, West Nile fever, yellow fever, encephalitis, filariasis and many other serious maladies. Malaria alone threatens 2-3 million people in more than 100 countries (roughly 40% of the worlds population), and causes 1-3 million deaths each year.

Global warming has resulted in increased mosquito populations and the movement of mosquitoes (and the diseases they carry) into the new areas of the world, exposing more people to the risks of these deadly diseases.

To cut the disease we must reduce mosquito populations. However, there are 1000's of different species of mosquito and each species is most effectively controlled by using different methods. Therefore at a local level the first step for a village suffering from mosquitoes, is to quickly and accurately identify the species and then look up how that species can most effectively be destroyed.

Identification can be achieved quickly, cheaply and accurately by a use of a small electronic device that will read the caught mosquito’s DNA and display the best methods to manage the local population of that species. It’s like reading the mosquitoes ‘barcode’ to identify its species and manage its local destruction. As part of achieving this, a database needs to be created with the mosquito species, their DNA, their breeding habits and best methods of destruction. It is the creation of this ability that PropertySpy has agreed to sponsor.

PropertySpy Director, Andrew Beckingham, met part of the research team at the Darwin Centre of the Natural History Museum and learned of this crucial project. Having had malaria himself, Andrew immediately identified with the project and wanted to find a way to assist.

PropertySpy is now contributing to what is known as the ‘Mosquito Barcoding Initiative’.

Effective disease management is consistently hampered by incorrect species identification. The relatively recent application of molecular biology tools to mosquitoes has resulted in the exponential discovery of new species and successful mosquito control strategies.

The Mosquito barcoding initiative will overcome these problems by providing a unique resource for the unambiguous identification of more than 85% of all known mosquitoes, using modern DNA approaches backed by expert identifiers.

PropertySpy is confident that this project will help alleviate mosquito-borne disease and consequently reduce disease related poverty world wide.

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