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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 525-534

Current status and future prospects of bacilli-based vector control

1 ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, DHS Building, Campal, Panaji, Goa-403001, India
2 Department of Biotechnology, Goa University, Goa-403206, India
3 National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Nehru Nagar, Belagavi-590010, Karnataka, India
4 ICMR-Vector Control Research Centre, Indira Nagar, Puducherry-605 006, UT, India

Date of Submission11-Sep-2019
Date of Decision16-Dec-2019
Date of Acceptance11-Jul-2020
Date of Web Publication19-Oct-2020

Correspondence Address:
Ashwani Kumar
ICMR-Vector Control Research Centre, Indira Nagar, Puducherry-605 006, UT
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1995-7645.296720

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Mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, filariasis, dengue, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever and Zika contribute significantly to health problems of developing as well as developed nations. Vector control is central to control of vector borne diseases. In the last four-five decades, biological control methods have been inducted in the integrated vector management strategy, advocated nationally as well as globally by the World Health Organization. Currently, biological control of vectors is globally acknowledged as the best available strategy in the wake of growing concerns about vector resistance as well as adverse effects of insecticides on the environment and non-target fauna co-inhabiting the same ecological niches as vectors. In India and elsewhere, efforts are ongoing to screen newer isolates to bring forth new biolarvicidal products of public health importance. In this review, by carrying out extensive literature survey, we discuss advances thus far and the prospects of bacilli-based control of vectors and vector borne diseases.

Keywords: Mosquito-borne diseases; Vector control; Biological control; Biolarvicide

How to cite this article:
Almeida JS, Mohanty AK, Kerkar S, Hoti SL, Kumar A. Current status and future prospects of bacilli-based vector control. Asian Pac J Trop Med 2020;13:525-34

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  1. Introduction Top

Mosquitoes are associated with transmission of pathogens to humans and other vertebrates resulting in significant morbidity and mortality due to the difficulty of controlling mosquitoes[1]. The most important disease vectors belong to the subfamily Anophelinae (Anopheles mosquitoes) which transmits malaria; Culicinae i.e. Culex species transmit filariasis; West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis and Aedes mosquitoes which primarily transmit dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika. These diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing 7 00 000 deaths annually with 80% of the world’s population at risk of one or more vector-borne diseases[2]. In recent years, changes in public health policy and social factors as well as reports of resistance in both vector mosquitoes and the pathogens transmitted by them have caused a resurgence in the incidence of mosquito borne diseases[3].

Vector control is a key strategy to control these diseases. In India, vector control is primarily based on the use of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) in addition to indoor residual spraying of insecticides in rural areas and anti-larval operations in urban areas[4]. Larval control may be particularly valuable in regions where the eradication or elimination of vector borne diseases is being targeted, as a means of reducing the mosquito larval populations before they emerge to the adult stage[5].

However, with regards to mosquito control strategies, chemical control agents still play a major role. Insecticides applied with the aim of eliminating mosquitoes have given rise to other serious problems[6]. Not only have mosquitoes developed resistance, but these insecticides also pose threat to human, animal health and the ecosystem as a whole. Chemical insecticide exposure among humans has been linked to immune dysfunction, neurological disorders, various forms of cancer, birth defects, liver damage and infertility[7]. These adverse effects have led to the discovery of alternatives to these insecticides. Microbial control agents are effective and proven to be a method effective against mosquito immatures of both Anophelines and Culicines. Commercial biolarvicide formulations of gram positive and spore forming bacteria, Bacillus (B.) thuringiensis israelensis and B. sphaericus are now being widely used across the globe in the vector control programmes. These strains have been well characterized both at the microbiological and molecular level. Based on these two bacilli, there are several effective and well tested formulations commercially available including the wettable powder, slow release granules, briquettes, tablets and emulsifiable concentrates. These formulations are often deployed as an integral components of the integrated vector management strategy advocated by the World Health Organization and adopted by vector borne disease endemic countries.

In this review article, extensive literature search was done to collect and collate published information on bacilli-based biolarvicides and their control in different parts of the world, especially the articles published on the recent advancements in the field of bacilli-based vector control.

  2. Bacilli as bio-control agents Top

In nature, a wide variety of organisms including viruses, protozoans, fungi and bacteria, effectively control mosquitoes[8]. Among many bacteria that have been tested, strains of B. thuringiensis (Bt) and B. sphaericus (Bs) are the most promising for vector control so far. B. thuringiensis var. israelensis (Bti) has an advantage of a broader host range. While B. sphaericus has a narrow spectrum, it has an advantage of increased duration of larvicidal activity against specific mosquito species like Culex (Cx.) quinquefasciatus and possess recycling ability within mosquito cadavers[9]. There are options available for ‘stand-alone’ and combined formulations of these two Bacilli species and their strains for vector control programmes.

2.1. B. thuringiensis

B. thuringiensis is a ubiquitous, gram positive, sporulating aerobic bacterium which can be easily grown and cultured on routinely used media like nutrient agar. It can be isolated from a variety of sources[10]. On sporulation, it produces two types of insecticidal crystal proteins or δ-endotoxins, Cry (for crystal) and Cyt (for cytolytic) proteins and further variations of each of these types. Cry proteins target lepidopteran insects, while few are toxic to dipteran or coleopteran insects. Cyt proteins show moderate toxicity to mosquitoes and black fly larvae occurring mostly in mosquitocidal subspecies e.g. B. thuringiensis subsp. israelensis[11].

Cyt proteins have been studied less in comparison to Cry proteins. Based mainly on studies of Cyt1Aa, their importance is in the biology of mosquitocidal strains as they synergize with other mosquitocidal Cry proteins (Cry4Aa, Cry4Ba, and Cry11A) resulting in delay in the phenotypic expression of resistance which would require multiple mutations at different loci[12].

The high degree of host specificity and the complexity of B. thuringiensis mode of action results from the interaction of the mosquitocidal toxins within the complex environment of the insect’s midgut lumen. Although researchers discovered relatively early that the midgut was the primary site of δ-endotoxin activity as seen in [Figure 1]A and [Figure 1]B, the molecular mechanisms of Bt intoxication have continued to be the subject of intensive research[13].
Figure 1: (A) Diagrammatic representation of mode of action of Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis toxin; (B) Cartoon showing death of mosquito larvae due to toxin action of biolarvicide.

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Although Bti is proven to be effective against many mosquito species, operational application showed that it is more suitable against Aedes species. Aedes (Ae.) aegypti and Ae. albopictus were most susceptible to B. thuringiensis H-14 in comparison to other vector mosquitoes[14]. More advantages for Aedes control may be due to their feeding behaviour, as most of the Bti toxins sediment to the base of the container during treatment where Aedes larvae frequently feed[15]. On the other hand, Anopheles (An.) balabacensis and Mansonia (Mansonioides) indiana were found comparatively less susceptible to the Bti (H-14)[16].

Cx. quinquefasciatus was also found to be highly susceptible to B. thuringiensis H-14[17]. This mosquito species, however, is more susceptible to B. sphaericus, the latter being more effective in polluted water with high organic contents where Cx. quiquefasciatus prefers to breed as B. sphaericus is known to recycle in polluted water and persists longer than B. thuringiensis H-14[18].

2.2. B. sphaericus

B. sphaericus is a common aerobic, rod-shaped, endospore forming gram positive soil bacterium with a few entomopathogenic strains. The first discovery of a strain toxic to mosquito larvae was reported by Kellen et al. in 1965[19]. The biolarvicide based on B. sphaericus is unique in that it consists of two binary proteins BinA (42 kDa) and BinB (51 kDa), both of which are required for toxicity to mosquito larval midgut. These binary proteins are cleaved by mosquito gut proteases, forming the active toxin by yielding peptides of 39 kDa and 43 kDa respectively. These associate and bind to the a-glucosidase receptor located on the midgut microvilli, resulting in lysis of midgut cells upon internalization[20],[21]. It is suspected that reported loss of toxicity i.e. resistance in target mosquito species to B. sphaericus may be due to the reduction or loss of interactions between BinA and BinB or BinB and its receptor[22]. In addition, another 100 kDa mosquitocidal protein appears to be synthesized in lesser toxic and some highly toxic strains. This polypeptide is expressed during the vegetative phase and is not homologous with the 51 and 42 kDa proteins[23].

2.3. B. subtilis

A B. subtilis strain producing mosquitocidal (larvicidal and pupicidal) toxin was isolated from mangrove forests of Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India and found to kill larval and pupal stages of three species of mosquitoes viz., An. stephensi, Cx quinquefasciatus and Ae. aegypti. It is the first gram-positive bacterium highly toxic to mosquito pupae[24]. Its mosquitocidal activity is associated with an exotoxin identified as surfactin, a cyclic lipopeptide highly active at both acidic and basic pH, temperature range of 25 °C-42 °C, and UV stability, suitable features for the development of a biolarvicide. Preliminary toxicity studies with crude surfactin showed that it is non-toxic to mammals[25]. The arsenal of biocontrol agents is further augmented with this potential mosquitocidal bacterium. The overview of different bio-control agents, their strains, activity profile against target species, toxin genes and strain modifications with recombinant technology is shown in [Table 1].
Table 1: Overview of different bio-control agents, their strain, activity profile against target species, toxin genes and strain modifications with recombinant technology.

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  3. Bioassays, isolation, characterization and identification Top

Microbial isolates are constantly screened and isolated from terrestrial and aquatic environments for mosquito control programmes[54]. The earlier method of isolating mosquito pathogenic Bacillus strains was cumbersome and time consuming, hence Dhindsa et al. in 2002 devised a new soil screening method that could reveal the presence of mosquito pathogenic bacilli in the soil samples. This method involves the use of LB broth (buffered with Sodium acetate) and a heat shock step at 65 °C[55]. Using this method, eight different Bacillus strains, B. pumilus (KSD-1), B. sphaericus (KSD-2), B. brevis (KSD-3), B. sphaericus (KSD-4), B. subtilis (KSD-5), B. stereothermophilus (KSD-6), Bacillus sp. (KSD-7) and B. sphaericus (KSD-8) were successfully isolated, identified and evaluated for their larvicidal activity in Goa, India[55].

In a screening assay carried out by Radhika et al. in 2011, ten bacilli were isolated from Tamil Nadu, India and tested for larvicidal activity against Ae. aegypti mosquito. Two microbial isolates (B. megaterium and Acinetobacter sp.) effectively caused 97% larval mortality at 48-hour incubation at bacterial concentrations of (4.1±0.39) and (3.6±0.71) mg/L[56]. Another study by Allwin et al. in 2007 showed native strains of B. thuringiensis were isolated from soil samples collected from different locations and characterizations in India[57]. Samples collected from mangroves of Vellar estuary in India yielded mosquitocidal bacteria B. subtilis with increased activity against An. stephensi and Ae. aegypti[58]. Many other reports on the frequent occurrence of mosquito pathogenic bacterial isolates in the natural environment showed high possibility of isolating novel strains[59].

  4. Resistance phenomenon and overcoming resistance Top

Since insecticide resistance can undermine efforts to control vector borne diseases, effective mosquito control can be successfully achieved only by overcoming insecticide resistance. Resistance is a complex genetic, evolutionary and ecological phenomenon. Resistance to microbial insecticides formulations is a serious threat to their success in public health settings[60].

4.1. Strategies for management of resistance to biolarvicides

Some measures to counter resistance include: (1) rotation or alternation of bacterial biolarvicidal toxins with other toxins, insecticides or biological control strategies; (2) less frequent biocide treatments; (3) use of slow-release, ultra-low volume (ULV) and thermal formulations which are active for longer durations; (4) use of source reduction methods and (5) constant resistance surveillance and monitoring. These principles when combined are essentially a blueprint for integrated pest management which will successfully delay or prevent the development of resistance in vector populations[61].

4.2.Insecticide mixtures

Studies have shown that by combining different classes of insecticides or their application by mosaic design can effectively overcome resistance in the target insects. However, unless insecticides of different classes are combined and judiciously used, there is possibility of cross resistance if insecticides induce similar mechanism of resistance and have mode of action in target insect. If mixtures are used, there is inherent risk of resistance build up to multiple classes of insecticides rendering them eventually useless. But there is a drawback in this approach for their practical application mainly due to higher cost and practical difficulty as both compounds need to be present in equally high and persistent concentrations[62]. In such a scenario, the use of two or more interventions has been advocated so that mosquitoes that survive contact with one (e.g. LLINs) are killed due to exposure to the second (e.g. indoor residual spraying). In such a scenario, the use of biolarvicides where feasible, can also delay the onset of resistance and ease selection pressure of insecticide on target vectors.

4.3. ULV and thermal application

The dengue vector Ae. aegypti is a container breeder, hence use of Bti for its control is limited due to difficulty in its effective application. In this respect, ULV cold fogging can be used effectively for larviciding purposes when the agent is applied correctly and under required conditions[63]. Seleena et al. 1996 found that ULV fogging of B. thuringiensis H-14 was highly effective in Aedes larval control and when used together with malathion it induced complete adult mortality[64].

In addition, the effectiveness of the thermal application of an aqueous suspension of Bti with and without pyrethroids using a thermal fogger has been reported without loss of its larvicidal activity[65],[66],[67].

4.4. Application of ice granules containing endotoxins of microbial agents

A novel method for the aerial delivery of microbial mosquito control agents into vast aquatic sites in the form of ice granules was developed by Becker et al. in 2003. The solutions containing powder formulations of Bti or Bs were transformed into ice pellets (named IcyPearls) using a special ice-making machine and applied aerially. Successful field tests using IcyPearls applied at the rate of 5 and 10 kg/ha containing various dosages of 100, 200, and 400 g of VectoBac® WDG (3 000 ITU/mg) were conducted against larvae of Ae. vexans with mortality rates of 91%-98%[68].

  5. Commercial bio-larvicide formulations and their field efficacy Top

Two biolarvicide formulations-Bacticide® and VectoBac® containing viable endospore and delta endotoxin of Bti H-14 were evaluated in 2001 in Surat city, India against An. subpictus and Cx. quinquefasciatus. Both formulations were equally effective on larvae after second application[69].

Field testing and evaluation of the efficacy of bio-larvicide, Bactivec® SC (Bti H-14) was carried out in Bengaluru, India. It was found to be operationally feasible and easy to handle[70].

Kumar et al. 1995 and 1996 tested a formulation of Bactoculicide (Bti strain 164) in construction sites, abandoned overhead tanks and curing waters and a formulation of Spherix (B. sphaericus H5a5b) in Goa, India respectively and found them highly effective[71],[72].

The weekly application of biolarvicide B. sphaericus (Strain 101, Serotype H5a5b) in Panaji, Goa, India helped in malaria control and was identified as a useful biocontrol agent of An. stephensi[73]. Similarly, application of biolarvicide Bti strain 164 at 1 g/m2 and introduction of larvivorous fish Aplocheilus blocki in major breeding habitats of An. stephensi was carried out in order to control malaria in Goa, India. This was found to successfully replace DDT and pyrethrum fogging[74].

In addition, the efficacy of various formulations of Bti (Bactimos®, Teknar®, VectoBac®, Bactisand®, VectoPrime®, VectoMax®) and Bs (HIL-9® & HIL-10®, VectoLex®) in the form of tablets, granules, wettable powder, pellet, aqueous suspension, etc. were tested against mosquito vectors and found to be highly effective.

[Table 2] provides a list of the available commercial bio-larvicide formulations, their type, potency and field evaluation of these formulations.
Table 2: A list of the available commercial bio-larvicide formulations, their type, potency and field evaluation of these formulations.

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  6. Future prospects Top

Future prospects for the use of biolarvicide formulations against mosquito vectors will depend on low cost production and development of cost-effective formulations. Cheaper formulations designed from the seeds of legumes, dried cow blood and mineral salts as well as the use of potato-based culture medium, bird feather waste and de-oiled rice bran waste as culture medium when assessed for growth and production of insecticidal toxins of Bti were shown to be more economical and effective against Ae. aegypti, Cx. quinquefasciatus and An. gambiae[87],[88],[89]. This is very important from the point of media optimization for the economical production of Bacillus based insecticides in mosquito control programs[90].

In addition, enhanced activity of protein toxins by use of recombinant bacteria containing a mixture of endotoxins having different modes of action shows great promise. A few examples include newly discovered mosquitocidal proteins and peptides such as Mtx proteins and trypsin modulating oostatic factor which can be genetically engineered for development and use in vector control programs[91].

Research is also underway with respect to transgenic algae and cyanobacteria by expressing larvicidal endotoxins of Bti and B. sphaericus to allow the toxins to persist in the feeding zone for a longer duration as well as providing increased protection from sunlight (UV light). The most promising results were obtained when Cry4Aa and Cry11Aa alone or with Cyt1Aa were expressed in the filamentous, nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium Anabaena PCC 7120[92]. A transgenic strain of Anabaena PCC 7120 was reported to protect the expressed δ-endotoxins of Bti from damage inflicted by UV-B. This organism has an added advantage as it has the ability to multiply in the breeding sites as well as serving as a food source to mosquito larvae[93].

Recently there has been focus on the development of novel biolarvicides and their applications. The use of entomopathogenic bacteria and fungi mainly ascomycetes fungi such as Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana, for control of both larval and adult stages of mosquito vectors such as Aedes[94]. The use of spatial repellents has been advocated to release volatile chemicals into the air, to induce modifications in insect behaviour and to reduce human-vector contact thereby reducing pathogen transmission[95].

Although mosquito traps have been used effectively as surveillance tools in order to capture vector mosquitoes for population and disease transmission studies, they have recently been considered a control strategy by the introduction of the lethal ovitrap. These traps such as attractive baited lethal ovitrap are being developed to attract and kill the egg-bearing females. They have shown promise in both lab and field settings for significant reduction in Aedes populations[96]. The use of attractive toxic sugar baits which work by attracting mosquitoes and having them feed on toxic sugar meals could also be a potential vector control tool.

The future vector control includes the use of sterile insect technique (SIT) which has been successfully demonstrated against Ae. albopictus mosquitoes[97]. SIT appears very promising to control mosquito populations and has been recently combined with auto-dissemination i.e., adult females contaminated with dissemination stations of juvenile hormone to treat breeding habitats, especially for the control of Aedes species, but this technique has not been used in large scale at present. Recently, a new control concept has been devised, named “boosted SIT” that might enable the area-wide eradication of mosquitoes[98]. In addition, the exploitation of cytoplasmic incompatibility can be an advantageous mosquito control method[99]. Cytoplasmic incompatibility is induced by the bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia which is widespread and its use is a promising tool for mosquito control either alone or associated with SIT[100]. Lately, mosquitoes modified with gene drive systems are being proposed as new tools that will complement the existing ones[101]. The synergistic utilization and application of these control measures to protect against mosquito borne diseases could have a major impact on the socio-economic health of populations particularly in developing countries. These methods are currently in the pipeline and could complement the integrated vector management programmes when available.

  7. Conclusions Top

Vector borne diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are a major public health concern. Effective vector control requires the deployment of a range of integrated interventions. This review focuses on the current status and future prospects of bacilli-based vector control to explore additional options and potentially augment existing strategies. It is of immense importance to focus on the development, evaluation and deployment of alternative vector control products and strategies. However, for effective control and elimination of the mosquito vector and vector borne diseases, these strategies will have to be locally adapted to account for vector biology and the intensity of disease transmission keeping in mind both human and financial resources. In addition, we are waiting for the discovery of a novel bacterium from nature which could be developed into an ideal biolarvicide having a broad spectrum of activity at very low concentrations without developing resistance in the target mosquito species.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

Authors’ contributions

A.K. designed the study, J.S.A and A.K.M. carried out the data collection, data analysis and interpretation. J.S.A and A.K.M. drafted the article. A.K, S.K and S.L.H. edited the article. All authors read and approved the final article.

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