[Book Review] Kay, Brian H. and Richard C. Russell [Eds.] 2013. Mosquito Eradication. The Story of Killing

L. Philip Lounibos

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Kay, Brian H. and Richard C. Russell [Eds.] 2013. Mosquito Eradication. The Story of Killing. Campto, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, VIC. Australia. xxii + 256 pp., paperback. ISBN 9781486300570, $69.95 (AU).

 

This multi-authored volume chronicles stages and strategic planning of a remarkable achievement, the unprecedented eradication of an invasive salt marsh mosquito pest and potential disease vector. The book is a collaboration between Australian experts, including the editors, who are doyens of mosquito biology and control Down Under, and New Zealand scientists, government workers, and response teams whose timely engagement was responsible for the eventual purging of the Australian southern salt marsh mosquito Aedes camptorhynchus from their country. The cooperation between these neighbors is appropriate and not unexpected, given their shared concerns about invasive species and ‘biosecurity’, plus the fact that the unwanted Campto was inadvertently introduced into NZ from Australia.

 

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