The Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Laboratory of the Entomology & Zoology Sanitary Dept. at the C.A.A. “G. Nicoli” is organized in accordance with international guidelines.

This facility has special engineering and containment features that allow investigators to work safely with animal and human pathogens classified at level 3 (Allegato XII, 626/94) transmitted by mosquitoes and other vectors, that have high risks for the lab personnel but low risks for the community.

Entry to the BSL-3 Laboratory is restricted to individuals who have obtained prior approval. The lab is equipped with three climate chambers that allow to control essential parameters (temperature, humidity and lighting) for mosquitoes rearing such as Culex pipiens molestus (Common Urban Mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger Mosquito) strains.

The mosquitoes rearing includes all the stages of the biological cycle (egg-larva- pupa-adult) and no alive animals are used for the blood feeding. Before going outside, the air and the discharged waste water passes through filtering systems preventing any exit of pathogens and mosquitoes.




IAEA Collaborting Centre

In December 2011, the Centro Agricoltura Ambiente “G. Nicoli" has been designated as Collaborating Centre of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna for a period of four years. In November 2017 CAA has been confirmed as CC IAEA for another period of four years.
An IAEA Collaborating Centre is a scientific institution that assists the Agency in implementing its program through research, application development and training in relevant nuclear technologies.

Designation as a Collaborating Centre is a public recognition of the work and the internationally scientific role that the institution cover in a specified field and as an expression of strong collaboration by the Agency.

The work project defined in agreement with IAEA covers the development and validation of technologies and methods for the application of the sterile insect technique (SIT) focused on Aedes mosquitoes. These activities are framed within the IAEA-NAFA Project for the development of the SIT techniques for the control of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.

The overall objective of the collaboration is to further develop and improve the SIT technology for Aedes mosquitoes including mass rearing and quality control methods, field testing of the developed methods, strategies validation under natural field conditions as well as training of researchers coming from developing countries.



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