E. Luciani, D. Guidi, A. Albieri, R. Veronesi, R. Bellini, P. Marras.
“Emerging vector-borne disease: the role of Aedes mosquitoes”
9-10th May 2011, Cervia (RA), Italy.
An isolated village (inhabited area of about 11 hectares) in Bologna province was chosen to carry out release trials with sterile male mosquitoes in a Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) research program against Aedes albopictus.
The released sterile males must be able to fly, to disperse enough from the release station to cover the target area, to survive and be sexually active long enough to cover the time between successive releases, to locate the virgin wild females and successfully compete for mating with the wild males.
From mark-recapture studies planned to investigate male dispersion capacity and longevity in urban areas we were able to estimate that during harsh summer months longevity of the males may be a limiting factor for cost/effective SIT application.