Vector Biology, Ecology and Control
Mir S. Mulla joined the faculty of the Entomology Department at the University of California, Riverside in 1956, only two years after the Riverside campus was established as an independent campus within the University of California system. Prior to his appointment, Mir received his B.S. from Cornell University and then moved to the University of California, Berkeley to pursue his graduate studies. His Ph.D. from Berkeley, awarded in 1955, completed his formal American education which was the purpose of his immigration from his native Kandahar in Afghanistan. In his over 50 years at Riverside, Mir has made an incalculable impact on vector biology both within the United States and in developing countries throughout the world. Within Southern California, Mir’s basic and applied research led to the rapid and sustainable control of mosquitoes and eye gnats in the Coachella Valley and so directly enabled this region to grow to the thriving, large community it is today. In 2006 his efforts in facilitating the development of the low desert of southern California were recognized through the dedication of the Mir S. Mulla Biological Control Facility by the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. His success has been so profound that it remains somewhat cryptic to the many who now reside in, visit, and enjoy, this region of California, oblivious to the insect problems that severely restrained development until Mir and his students ?rst applied their expertise many decades ago.
Brings together papers on vector ecology, molecular biology as applied to mosquito vector control, and mosquito biological control together in one volumeCovers control of mosquitoes and other vectors in California and from elsewhere around the worldCentres around the achievements of one individual (and his students and colleagues) who has worked in this field of research for more than 50 years which is a highly unusual achievement in any disciplineDeals with successful approaches using strategies which are environmentally friendly, which is becoming of increasing importance and so will be useful as a guide to future strategies employed by emerging vector ecologists