Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787Print version ISSN 0034-8910
POLANCZYK, Ricardo Antonio; GARCIA, Marcelo de Oliveira and ALVES, Sérgio Batista. Potential of Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis Berliner for controlling Aedes aegypti. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2003, vol.37, n.6, pp.813-816. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102003000600020.
The importance of the entomopathogenic bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis in the control of Aedes aegypti is presented. The use and potential of B. thuringiensis israelensis against the mosquito vector of dengue fever is described. Other aspects such as insect's resistance development against chemicals and advantages and constraints of using microbial control are discussed. Emphasis is given to the importance of the use of this bacterium in Brazil, which could contribute significantly to solving the mosquito problem without affecting the environment, humans and others invertebrate organisms in critical regions.
Keywords : Dengue [prevention control]; Aedes; Pest control, biological; Bacillus thuringiensis; Insect vectors; Aedes aegypti.