The Centro Agricoltura Ambiente “Giorgio Nicoli” (CAA) is a public company committed in developing new techniques for controlling blood-sucking arthropods and applying the most advanced integrated environment-friendly biological pest control technologies aimed to control mosquito populations in large scale territory. For years CAA representative have been members of the most important scientific associations in this sector:
- Entomological Society of America
- Society of Vector Ecology
- American Mosquito Control Association
- Società Italiana di Parassitologia
- Centro Studi di Biologia Ambientale.
C.A.A. is also a founding member of the European Mosquito Control Association.
Activities of EMV Department
- Standardised mapping of larval breeding sites and subsequent geographical data recording on Desktop GIS like ArcGIS, ArcView, QGIS open source;
- Organisation of integrated biological mosquito control projects based primarily on territorial management systems, the use of selective larvicides with a low environmental impact (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) and predators (Gambusia holbrooki, Aphanius fasciatus);
- Coordination, technical direction and scientific supervision in mosquito control campaigns over large areas, in collaboration with public authorities and service providers.
- Consulting services to public authorities planning to issue calls for tenders, to aid them in formulating specifications for the provision of control services and supply of products;
- Quality control of treatments performed by companies under public contract.
- Assessment of mosquito control projects results using standardised adult monitoring systems and cost/benefit analyses;
- Laboratory and field researches using new techniques and products with the aim of improving currently available control strategies;
- Continuous maintainance of mosquito colonies in climate-controlled cells for experimental purposes, without the use of laboratory animals.
- Technical direction of control programs tailored on the local condition and requests;
- Monitoring with standardized ovitraps and procedures;
- Public awareness campaigns aimed at improving community participation;
- Research activities on new products and techniques, including the Sterile Insect Technique.
Other species of public health concern
- Technical and scientific support to local health authorities and municipalities in controlling household pests;
- Research in the field of integrated biological pest control methods against flies in livestock farming;
- Studies on the geographic distribution and evaluation of the sanitary risks related with the presence of sand flies, culicoids midge and ticks.