Ecological aspects for application of genetically modified mosquitoes

Proceedings of the Frontis workshop on ecological challenges concerning the use of genetically modified mosquitoes for disease control
Wageningen, The Netherlands 26-29 June 2002

Editors:
W. Takken
Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

T.W. Scott
Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis CA, USA

Series editor:
R.J. Bogers
Frontis – Wageningen International Nucleus for Strategic Expertise Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands

About the book | Table of Contents

New interventions are needed to reduce the burden of vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengué, which are among the most serious and prevalent infectious diseases worldwide. The release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes may offer an alternative strategy to do so while circumventing the pitfalls of current vector control methods. Current methodologies are stalling because of drug resistance, absence of vaccines and inadequate mosquito control techniques. GM mosquitoes have been developed that are resistant to pathogen infection and transmission, but the public-health and environmental consequences of releasing such insects are unclear, mainly because of a lack of knowledge of the ecology and population biology of mosquitoes.

This book is the reflection of a workshop, held in June 2002, that addressed these issues. Experts on mosquito ecology met for the first time to discuss the current knowledge of mosquito ecology with respect to GM-insect technology. Emphasis of the workshop was on evaluating how human health and natural ecosystems, including target wild-mosquito populations, will respond to the invasion of GM vectors. This volume will stimulate discussion by clearly showing the importance of vector ecology for prevention of vector-borne diseases.

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