Population dynamics of Plasmodium sporogony

Trends Parasitol. 2007 Feb;23(2):63-70. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2006.12.009. Epub 2006 Dec 22.


Malaria transmission relies on the sporogonic development of Plasmodium parasites within insect vectors. Sporogony is a complex process that involves several morphologically distinct life-stages and can be described in terms of population dynamics: changes in the abundance and distribution of successive life-stages throughout development. Recent publications on the population dynamics of sporogony are reviewed, with special attention to the differences and similarities among the parasite-vector systems examined thus far. Understanding the population dynamics of malaria parasites within their natural vectors will lead to a better understanding of how malaria parasites survive and are maintained within mosquitoes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Culicidae / parasitology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Insect Vectors / parasitology*
  • Malaria / parasitology
  • Malaria / transmission*
  • Male
  • Plasmodium / growth & development*
  • Population Dynamics