Volume 8 of the Series contains the first biosafety ‘consensus document’ to deal with
the biology of an insect, the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Issued by the OECD Working Group
on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, the science-based consensus
documents collate information for use during the regulatory risk assessment of biotechnology
products, i.e. transgenic organisms (plants, animals, micro-organisms) when intended
for release in the environment. Ae. aegypti mosquito is vectoring yellow fever, dengue,
Zika and Chikungunya diseases in tropical and sub-tropical regions worldwide. Biotechnological
applications are developed to control the mosquito population and reduce virus transmission.
The book provides information on Ae. aegypti taxonomy, morphology, life cycle, reproductive
biology, genetics, ecology, interactions with other species and the environment. The
mosquito effects on human and animal health, and the control strategies/specific programmes
to limit its development are also summarised.