Within the framework of the FP7 project INFRAVEC, the laboratory EMV CAA is conducting a study in collaboration with the Laboratory of Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, in order to evaluate the effect of the cage size in size selection in adult Aedes albopictus .
This species of mosquito, which was introduced in Serbia in 2009, on the border with Croatia, was then fortunately eradicated, but the risk of a new introduction represents a danger to which the country is exposed. It is so important to improve the knowledge on the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), to be integrated with conventional mosquito control methods .
Understanding the factors that affect the fitness of the reared biological material is crucial for the successful application of this technique. It is well known that the rearing conditions have a strong influence on the quality of the males produced through processes of selection and adaptation phenomena arising during colonization. The research project aim is to evaluate the effect of three different cage sizes on the Ae. albopictus adult size, in terms of wing length, and the egg production over 20 generations.
For this study, the CAA will host for a period of 10 months, a PhD student from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, who won a scholarship in Erasmus Mundus program.
Cages used for rearing adults
of Aedes albopictus
Measurement of Aedes albopictus
wing in the laboratory EMV CAA