Effect of Maize Culture on Malaria Transmission


Principal Investigator:
Richard Pollack, Research Associate

Immunology+Infectious Diseases 050

Dates of Research:
February 1, 2008 — June 30, 2010


A potential link between maize culture and malaria transmission derives from a series of experimental observations and a published study of field data. Current trends in maize food production in sub-Saharan Africa suggest that people living and working near smallholder farms that are adopting maize production, may increasingly be burdened by malaria. This study proposes a definitive experimental test of this hypothesis by controlling the shedding of pollen during malaria-transmission seasons in alternating cycles in four villages and monitoring the results.