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Establishing Wolbachia in the wild mosquito population: The effects of wind and critical patch size

Yunfeng Liu Guowei Sun Lin Wang Zhiming Guo

*Corresponding author: Zhiming Guo guozm@gzhu.edu.cn

MBE2019,5,4399doi:10.3934/mbe.2019219

Releasing mosquitoes with Wolbachia into the wild mosquito population is becoming the very promising strategy to control mosquito-borne infections. To investigate the effects of wind and critical patch size on the Wolbachia establishment in the wild mosquito population, in this paper, we propose a diffusion-reaction-advection system in a heterogeneous environment. By studying the related eigenvalue problems, we derive various conditions under which Wolbachia can fully establish in the entire wild mosquito population. Our findings may provide some useful insights on designing practical releasing strategies to control the mosquito population.

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